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Luxton plays down Tics trip

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: December 13, 2012

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COACH Brett Luxton says Okehampton are under no pressure ahead of their trip to Torquay.

Okehampton are a place behind Torquay in fourth and have already beaten the Tics at home this season, but Luxton knows the rematch will be tough.

"We caught them at the start of the season when they had a lot of injuries – now it is our turn," said Luxton. "Just getting two sides out on a Saturday is a struggle for us – we have heaps of players out.

"I am not saying we will be giving Torquay a freebie, but there is no pressure on us either, which is a good thing."

Okes' injury problems worsened during the 29-21 win at Ivybridge when skipper Gareth Espin suffered a broken jaw. Tries were scored by Craig Dennis (2), Alex Dennis, Tom McGratton and Simon Cox, with Carl Poynton converting two and a penalty as they came back from 14-5 down.

Exeter Saracens head for rivals Wellington encouraged by their performance against leaders St Austell.

The Cornish side went from 12-10 at half-time to win 25-15 but knew they were in a game.

"We played pretty well against a good side, despite not having our own first XV out there," said coach Ross Bovingdon. "With our first team out we can give anyone a game – and beat most of them. It just doesn't happen often enough."

Sarries should have a clutch of players back, including fly-half Tom Boult and scrum-half Angus Phillips.

Honiton go to Tavistock for a second successive basement battle.

Last Saturday's 14-10 loss to strugglers Penryn left the Lacemen 12 points adrift of safety.

"It's another game we have lost by a narrow margin – and as long as we aren't being hammered every week there is a chance," said coach Jerry Rice.

Josh Barrett and Josh Rice were the try scorers.

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