Somerset Premier
Wiveliscombe 59, Minehead Barbarians 12

WIVELISCOMBE were expecting a tough afternoon with West Somerset neighbours Minehead visiting the Wivey Rec in this derby game but surprisingly Minehead were nowhere near the sides fielded over recent seasons and the home team recorded a comfortable victory, writes Roger Bellamy.

Playing down the slope in the first half, Minehead started well enough and looked the more likely to score in the first quarter. 

The visitors came close on a couple of occasions but the home team's defence manage to to stay intact. 

As in recent weeks it was Wivey's three-quarters who looked dangerous when possession was secured and took the opportunities when they came along.

Jake Sharland, playing on the wing, scored Wivey's first two tries and showed good pace to breach the visitors defence - full-back Dan Quick converted both. 

Fly-half George Rowe was next to score, evading several Minehead defenders to score Wivey's third try and Quick slotted his third conversion for a 21-0 lead. 

Back row forward Dan Smyth Moore is settling down nicely in his new club and soon scored his second try in as many weeks. 

Dan Quick completed the home team's first half scoring with his fourth conversion.

Minehead's Jacob Gower scored the final points of the first half finding a hole in Wivey's defence just before half time, but the conversion was missed as Wivey took a 28-5 advantage into half-time.

Playing down the slope in the second period Wivey went on to cross for another five tries. 

The hosts' two second row forwards, Ali Vivian and Ross Pearson, began to use their pace and strength to open up the visiting defence. 

Both crossed for a five pointer, each being converted by Quick, and winger Richard Wike and fly-half George Rowe scored the home team's seventh and eighth tries to reach the 50 point mark.

Matt Ellis scored the hosts' final try with a typical set piece penalty move to give his team a 59-5 lead, and Minehead completed the scoring with a try just before the final whistle from Jay Darrels which he also converted. 

Wivey moved up to second place in the Somerset Premier after this victory.

Somerset Two South
Wiveliscombe 2nd XV 79, Bridgwater & Albion 3rd XV 12

WIVELISCOMBE 2nds secured thier ninth victory of the season with this emphatic win over Bridgy's third team. 

Steve Briggs, home for a few weeks from Australia, led the way with five tries, while winger Freddie Green crossed for a hat-trick and James Harvey added two more. 

Charlie Rowe, Jonti Ruel, Jake Woodward and Zac Hemborough scored one try each.

Ryan Overthrow added one penalty and conversion with Hugh Harris kicking two conversion. 

This Saturday, title-chasing Wivey host Weston-super-Mare 2nds and Wivey 2nds are at home to Tor 2nds.

Cornwall & Devon
Wellington 64 Plymouth Arguam 7

WELLINGTON welcomed Plymouth Arguam to The Athletic Ground on Saturday, and claimed a thumping win that took them top of the Cornwall & Devon league table, writes Allyn Chetland. 

The Red & Blacks went into the match full of confidence, and went on to dominate all aspects of the game despite not firing on all cylinders. 

The hosts made a few changes from the previous week's team, with Martin Walker replacing his injured brother Regan in the second row and Will Hinchcliffe replacing Martin on the bench. 

George Hodgson returned to the squad, while Corey Jenkinson was restored to the staring XV.

The Devon visitors tried their best to stem the onslaught of tries but their efforts were in vain, though to their immense credit they never gave up and fully deserved a consolation try late on.

Throughout the game the R&Bs pack always held the upper hand over their opposite numbers, which was the backbone of this convincing win, with prop Lee Wadham to the fore. 

The three quarters always looked dangerous with the ball in hand, and Hodgson revelled on the firm surface when he joined the fray early in the second period.

Their 10 tries came from Liam Phillips (2), Danny Lee (2), Chris Batts, Patrick Jarman, Cam Venn, George Hodgson, Alex Davey and Lee Wadham scoring one each. 

Full-back Davey kicked seven conversions.

This coming Saturday Wellington welcome Torrington to the Athletic Ground. 

Torrington have struggled in the league this season but will be buoyed by consecutive league wins. The R&Bs will look to continue their winning league form, but the challenge that will be on offer should not be under estimated.

Wellington: R. Marke, J. Dyke, L. Wadham, M. Walker, C. Venn, L. Phillips, D. Lee, C. Kitto, T. Jenkinson, P. Jarman (c), N. Pitman, B. Gamlin, C. Batts, T. Hart, A. Davey, J. Hancock, G. Hodgson, W. Hinchcliffe.