Sam Williams, the Withycombe coach, has believed for some time his team have been learning as they go along following promotion to the Cornwall & Devon Division.
Withy walloped Torquay Athletic 36-0 at Raleigh Park to register their widest win of the season so far.
The scoreline is an indication of how much rugby and the status of clubs has changed in the 35 years since league rugby began back in the late 80s.
Withycombe 1st XV could not even get a 2nd XV game against Torquay back in those days, although Bideford, Sidmouth and Paignton did give them a fixture.
Torquay’s fixture list included the mighty Wasps, Cross Keys and Tredegar as well as Exeter before they became the Chiefs. How times change!
Williams said the manner of the win over Torquay suggests the squad is putting what’s been learned into practice.
Speaking after the game he said: “It was a great performance and one we have been looking to put together for a while.
“At the start of the season we focused on defence and being hard to play against. In recent weeks we’ve looked at how to put more points on the board.
“Apart from a 10-minute period before half time, it was nearly perfect against Torquay.”
Williams praised the game management of fly-half Tom Cooke and the performance of the pack, where Mike Richards and Luke Pattison shone in a solid team performance from 1-18.
He said: “We looked to keep Torquay a long way from our line and managed that for large part.
“Our defence close to the line was so calm and committed that Torquay really had no answer.
“The hope now is to be able to replicate and build on that, but I think it’s a huge confidence boost for the team moving forward.
“If we play like that week in week out we can be a real test and I’m hoping this is the start of the next part of our evolution.”
Withies’ try scorers were Chris Gibbons, Richards (2), Danny Sansom and Max Cooke. Tom Cooke kicked four conversions and a penalty.
This Saturday (November 27), Withycombe are away to North Tawton.