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Late tries result in defeats for Albion & Pirates

Both Albion and the Pirates were winning until late converted tries.

Plymouth Albion are out of the British and Irish Cup after losing 18-16 at home to Carmarthen. Albion's Lewis Warner scored the first try of the match, but a late converted try won the game for the Welsh side.

And a last minute converted try gave Doncaster victory over the Cornish Pirates. A thrilling game ended 31-30 to the visitors, with both sides scoring four tries apiece.

RUGBY: Exeter Chiefs triumph over La Rochelle

Gareth Steenson, seen here lining up a conversion, has just signed a new deal with Exeter Chiefs Credit: PA

Sport and in rugby, the Exeter Chiefs have won away from home in the European Challenge Cup.

They beat La Rochelle 36 - 10. Gareth Steenson - who has just signed a new deal with the Chiefs - contributed 16 of those points while Adam Hughes, Brett Sturgess, Byron McGuigan and Fetu'u Vainikolo all ran in tries..

The bonus point win puts the Chiefs top of pool 2 after three games and extends their winning run to seven matches in all competitions.

Exeter Chiefs beat La Rochelle tonight Credit: ITV News


Steenson agrees new deal with Exeter Chiefs

Gareth Steenson signs for a further 3 years with Exeter Chiefs Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

Gareth Steenson says he is is looking forward to an exciting future ahead after today committing himself to Exeter Chiefs for a further three years.

Steenson moved to Exeter from Cornish Pirates in the summer of 2008 and helped the club win promotion in 2010.

Just a week after team-mate Phil Dollman confirmed he was staying at Sandy Park, 30-year-old Steenson is the latest member of Rob Baxter’s squad to confirm he will be prolonging his stay at Sandy Park.

Steenson is the highest point-scorer in the Premiership this season, having kicked 131 points from nine matches so far.

“I’m absolutely over the moon with the new deal. You can see where the club are going and it’s great to be part of it all. I suppose I’m one of the veterans in the squad, but to be part of all this not only now, but for the next year three years as well, is just fantastic.

“The Chiefs is a great club to be and hopefully we can progress even further over these next few years.”

– Gareth Steenson

Injury time equaliser denies Argyle three points

There were wins for Exeter City and Torquay United.

Yeovil Town have slipped to second-from-bottom in League One after losing 2-0 at home to third-placed Preston. The Glovers also had Ryan Inniss sent off for a bad foul in the second half.

In League Two, Plymouth Argyle could only draw 1-1 with York City. Bobby Reid had given the Pilgrims a 3rd minute lead on his return to the club, but the visitors equalised deep into injury time.

There was better news for Exeter City who won 3-2 at Accrington Stanley last night. Liam Sercombe, Tom Nichols and Matt Grimes on-target for the Grecians.

And in the Conference, Torquay United beat Eastleigh 2-0 thanks to goals from Toby Ajala and Ryan Bowman.


Torquay bidding to host top yacht race

Torquay is hoping to host one of the world's most prestigious yacht races next year.

Solitaire Du Figaro is a 2000-mile race around the world. The town is launching its bid to be the UK stopover later.

Hosting the race could bring thousands of pounds to the local economy.

The start of the 2013 Solitaire race in France. Credit: PA

Glovers and Grecians stage dramatic comebacks

There were wins Yeovil and Exeter City today.

Yeovil Town have climbed off the bottom of League One after coming from behind to beat ten-man Notts County. The hosts had Gary Jones sent off for a two-footed tackle, then went ahead when Mike Petrasso latched onto a poor backpass. But Jordan Clarke scored twice in the last ten minutes to secure the three points for Gary Johnson's men.

In League Two, Exeter City also came from behind to beat Shrewsbury at St James Park. The visitors led 2-0 at half-time, but a Tom Nichols double and David Wheeler turned the game around.

Plymouth Argyle suffered their first defeat in 8 games, going down 1-0 at Mansfield. Kelvin Mellor had Argyle's best chance, but hit the crossbar with an open goal.

And in the Conference, Torquay United drew 2-2 with Gateshead at Plainmoor. The Gulls were leading for most of the match after Ryan Bowman's 8th minute penalty. The visitors then scored twice in the last five minutes, but Bowman rescued a point in stoppage time.

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