Season 1953-54

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1st XV 1953-54 1st XV 1953-54

Jack Douglas captain, Bill Farren having gone off refereeing for the Devon RFU, and a partly successful season too. 23 wins 7 losses and 2 draws, 384-108, 6 "doubles", honour shared with Launceston and Albion United, one win apiece - and the double against the Club no prizes for guessing - Salcombe.

The A side also successful, but not quite so W19 L9 D2, and the Extra A W10 L7 but points wise 157-162. Noticeably, there were no out of the County visitors over the Easter - lesson learned? In the Devon 7s the Club again qualified for the area finals beating Paignton 11-9 to come up against the eventual winners St Lukes College in the next who very much had the "legs" of the Club particularly when obtaining possession from a kick and it was left to Peter Blackburn to discover it was advisable to be "accidentally" offside from the centre kick, scrummaging thus not giving the College the same advantage - however the result was not affected.

A report of an A XV fixture v HMS Defiance (3-6) reports Burston opened the scoring for the ship with an opportunist try. Several seasons later Leading Seaman - well on and off depending on his service disciplinary record - Lofty Burston became a tower of strength as a superbly loyal forward for the Club although subsequent mention of opportunist tries is lacking.

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  • 1st XV Captain: Jack Douglas
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