NEW Exeter Saracens player-coach Rob Hilton was delighted with the win at OPM – and plans to keep changes to a minimum for the visit of Pirates Amateurs.
It was a first win of the season for Sarries, who saw Ross Bovingdon stand down as coach in the opening week.
Hilton has been looking after the team on an interim basis and has now been appointed full-time.
He will be assisted by brother and club captain Matt Hilton as well as vice-captain Kieran Bromell. Former Sarries coach Brian Sherrell will also have an input as and when required.
Darren Light, Ben Croft and Tom Rushton scored tries, with Aaron Brereton converting two, as the new coaching regime chalked up their first victory.
"It was a fantastic result," said Rob Hilton. "We've had four fixtures since Ross (Bovingdon) left and it's been a steady progression ever since.
"It all clicked on Saturday and it was very pleasing to get the win. With the second team winning as well, it was a good day for the club."
Hilton does not want to disrupt a winning side too much for the clash against the side second bottom in the Cornwall & Devon League.
"There may be a couple of changes this weekend but the majority of the team have played the last two weeks and we want to try to build a bit of consistency," he said.
"With the second team winning last weekend there will be plenty of players pushing for places."
Hilton does intend to carry on playing, however. He said: "I'm probably going to try to play a bit less than I would have done otherwise, but then I didn't play at all last season because of family commitments.
"We have got a lot of support from other members of the club who have done some coaching in the past and they can help out on matchdays and that will make it easier for me."
The University of Exeter will be going for three wins out of three when they visit Honiton this Saturday.
Having opened up with workmanlike wins over Pirates Amateurs and Withycombe, the Students routed Saltash 103-3.
Thomas Dowding scored four tries, Ali Chisholm had three, Beau Archer two and there were singles for Joe Satt, Sam Waltier, Miles Rushworth, George Beale, Richard Adeniyi-Jones, George Shirlaw and Douglas Ebanks.
Fraser Gillies put over two penalties and 11 conversions.
Coach Keith Fleming said he asked for a response after an unsatisfactory display against Withycombe and got more than he bargained for.
"It was one of those days when everything went right for us – and almost everything went wrong for them," said Fleming.
"Saltash played most of the match with 14 as they had a player sent off for two yellow cards in the first 15 minutes."
Honiton look in good shape to face the University having won 23-10 at Pirates Amateurs.
The game went to uncontested scrums before half-time when Pirates lost a second front-row forward to injury.
Pirates led 10-3 at the break – Ollie Cave kicking a penalty for Honiton – but the second half belonged fairly and squarely to the visitors.
"We had a 20-minute purple patch in the second half, which was enough for us to win a not-very-good game," said Jerry Rice, Honiton's assistant coach.
Ben Wade and Ollie Rice (2) were the Honiton try scorers. Cave converted one of the tries.
Withycombe set a standard for the season with a last-gasp win at Falmouth and now face the task of maintaining it.
Withies are at home to Saltash this Saturday and will fancy their chances of another win.
Coach Mark Tomlinson said Saturday's win proved they are moving in the right direction.
"We played at a high tempo throughout and kept going right until the end, even though it looked like Falmouth had got away from us," said Tomlinson.
"I wasn't at Withycombe last season, but the lads who were said afterwards we would have lost that game then. That's a definite improvement."
Falmouth were 20-12 up when Jack Pugsley landed a penalty to keep Withies interested. Ben Mardell crossed for a try to level it, which Pugsley converted.
Earlier, Rob Heyes and Sam Conway had bagged ties, with Pugsley converting one.
Tiverton coach Martin Oxland is playing it cagey ahead of the meeting with lowly OPM.
Tivvy were tipped as front runners this season after finishing third last term – and results so far support that view.
Oxland's men have beaten Hayle, Veor and Newquay 26-15 last time out and are second behind the University.
However, Oxland is not getting carried away as it is just three games into the season.
"Looking at the table, we haven't really played any side in the top half so there is a long way to go," said Oxland.
"We're looking to build on our display against Newquay, especially being back at home against OPM."
Tivvy will have to cope without captain Jeff Robinson, who has an ankle injury.
Three Callum Stone penalties put Tiverton 9-8 up early in the second half. Tries by Stone, Wayne Sprangle and Barney Bell wrapped up the game.
Crediton can go third at Honiton's expense if the Lacemen lose to the University and they beat visiting Veor.
A 20-11 win at Hayle last Saturday put Crediton fourth, although it was in the balance until the final minute when Mark Lee kicked a penalty.
Mark Nott scored two more tries against Hayle, Lee converted both and two penalties.