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Malvern’s long trip to the Devon coast was in vain as they were comprehensively beaten by The Fishermen on Saturday. Already stretched by injuries, they competed well going forward, but when Brixham had the ball they attacked the Malvern 10/12 channel and repeatedly broke the line to score. The home side were three tries to the good before a Redfern penalty got Malvern on the board. Malvern lost Nick Brookes to a serious leg injury, which heralded the return of Jamie Tsang, off the bench for his first outing since returning from Hong Kong. Malvern’s scrummaging set piece looked more solid, but erratic throwing in at the line-out proved to be their bête noir once more, putting Brixham well in command. Turning round 26-3 down at the midway point, Malvern again missed tackles as the well-drilled Brixham side popped the ball well and went in for an easy score. Malvern briefly rallied as a well-controlled scrum drove on and Tom Redfern went over, but a fumbled restart let Brixham in for another score, soon added to by MacLean’s third. However badly Malvern have been beaten in the course of a torrid season, they have always played their hearts out until the end and Luke Milton joined in from full back to run in a fine try, Redfern converting, before Brixham turned the heat up once more in the final quarter to run in four more tries.

With Avonmouth Old Boys beating Old Patesians, Malvern’s relegation was confirmed. They now play out the last two games against Chippenham at home this Saturday and Exmouth away the following week, before turning their attention to Cup duties. The move to the South West has been costly all round for the club, firstly because they lost over half a team because of the travelling involved, and secondly because gates have been down with no local derby matches. A season or two in Midlands One will help the club to rebuild both on and off the field before making an attempt to get back to National Three rugby. Head Coach Nick Tisdale is already recruiting for next season, looking at a mixture of experience and talented youth, and with a flourishing Academy the future at Malvern is looking distinctly upbeat despite relegation this year.

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