Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Exmouth 33, Bournemouth 18
Exmouth claimed a first National Two (South) victory at the third time of asking with a superb all-round display to comfortably defeat a side who had won both their first two games of the season, writes Steve Birley.
The Cockles ran in a nap hand of tries and a big feature of the success was down to attitude, as explained by director of rugby Chris Wright who said: “The players had worked very hard in training prior to the game and were clearly united in a pre-match view that a third straight defeat was simply not on the agenda! With that focussed attitude they went about their business with real efficiency and ultimately came out as very worthy winners. The big thing about this performance and result is that the players will know now that they really can not only survive at this level, but also prosper. I do think this campaign is going to be more of a rollercoaster ride than last season when we would go into games expecting to win. That will not be the case this term. However, we can go into matches now feeling we are capable of winning having just put a quality side like Bournemouth to bed the way we did on Saturday!”
Wright added: “That said there is little doubt that hard work and good in-play discipline is going to be then key this season. We are now playing big boy’s rugby and everyone has to buy into the same method of approach both in training and match play.”
The Cockles’ made a flying start and marched deep into the visitor’s half straight from kick-off. It was from an early maul, a facet of the game the Cockles dominated in throughout, that Ross Morshead crossed and the second try arrived in the ninth minute courtesy of Garry Hooper.
Morshead crossed again via a maul on the half hour before new prop Nick Halse, on for George Savage, worked his way over fro the 22.
It was flanker Jamie Harris who scored the fifth and final Cockles try.
On Saturday Exmouth are again at home when they entertain a London Irish side who of course pipped them to the title last season. Saturday’s visitor shave so far lost all three of their games at the higher level.