TORRINGTON got their first win of the season – by their biggest margin for four and a half years.
Not since a 40-0 win at St Columba and Torpoint on March 28, 2009, have Torrington won by as many as their 41-3 victory at Plympton Victoria on Saturday.
Rob Palmer, the new head coach, refused to get carried away by the success but it will give his players confidence after they opened the season with defeats in the RFU Junior Vase and Tribute Devon Two.
"The smiles on the faces of the players said it all after the match," said Palmer. "The men of the match were blind-side flanker Charlie Bazell and No 8 Conor Kendrew but the whole team deserves praise for a disciplined and well-earned win. The pack won seven scrums against the head."
Kendrew scored a hat-trick of tries and Sam Britton had 16 points from four penalties and two conversions.
With their confidence growing after Britton's first two penalties, Torrington produced a well-controlled pushover at a five-metre scrum for Kendrew to touch down.
Britton added another penalty on 27 minutes before the try of the match was scored by scrum half Dale Sayer. On halfway, Sayer spotted a space and outpaced the defence to score a great individual try and put his side 19-0 up at half time.
Torrington tightened their grip on the game after the break with Britton kicking a penalty after just three minutes.
Plympton got their points through a penalty but Torrington came straight back with Tom Gooch being held up over the line and, from the resulting scrum, Kendrew breaking off to score.
From a turnover, Sayer added his second try, then Torrington's fifth came near the end through Kendrew.
The scores sealed a first bonus-point win for nearly three years, dating back to a 32-14 win at Saltash in the Cornwall/Devon division in October 2010.