Exmouth coach Jon Hill was left feeling that his side had let a great opportunity slip as they were edged out at home by the Cornish All Blacks, writes Steve Birley.

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Hill said: “It was a pleasing performance and a good point to bank after a contest with a vastly experienced side with ten players who had championship experience. However, it’s clearly another game that has got away from us as we left ourselves too much to do having been 21-5 down. To have clawed our way back to 21-18 was hugely satisfying and shows our undoubted team spirit and

qualities. We scored another penalty try from scrum where we were dominant throughout in that area of the game. Talking of fine margins, we dropped the ball over the try line when it was easier to score, we ran into touch one metre out from the try line, and we got brought back for a forward pass when Richard Bright was clean through to score, so we certainly had opportunities to win the game.”

Hooker Tom Emery had put Exmouth ahead with a try, but the visitors then took charge to lead 21-5.

Before the break Cadywould added six points with a drop goal and a penalty and half-time arrived with the Cockles 21-11 down.

A Todd Lowry try early in the second half was converted by Cadywould, but chances went begging and the visitors claimed a 29-18 lead before the Cockles scored again a penalty try that was to be their last celebration of the game.

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