Cockles coach on Hornets win: “We can - and must - imprve.”

PUBLISHED: 16:37 18 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:40 19 September 2017

Canadian Under-19 international Pete Ingoldsby receives the Quick Gin Man of the Match from George Nightingale from match sponsors Spoken and Quick Gin.

Canadian Under-19 international Pete Ingoldsby receives the Quick Gin Man of the Match from George Nightingale from match sponsors Spoken and Quick Gin.

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Exmouth made it three wins from as many starts in the new South West Premier season as they defeated Hornets 55-30 at the Imperial ground.

The Cockles ran in eight tries with two players, Matt Dayment and Canada Under-19 flanker Peter Ingoldsby both bagging a brace with the others scored by Mike Richards, Mark Wathes, Dave Bargent and Davey McGregor. All the kicking was done by Tom Whelan who slotted six conversions and one penalty.

After the game, Cockles head coach Jon Hill said: “We have to be content with 15 points after three games, but there remains plenty to improve on.”

He continued saying: “Whilst delighted to score 55 points at home and to gain another maximum, we have so much to improve upon and must ramp up our training intensities in the coming weeks.

“We were all extremely happy with the debut performances from Davy McGregor and man of the match Pete Ingoldsby, and pleased to come through a challenge against a side who showed great spirit and were lively throughout.

“However, victory has come at a price r with a number of walking wounded in an already depleted squad.

“Hornets, like ourselves, have lost a number of key players to Taunton and elsewhere in the summer.

“They are taking a little while to regroup such is the damage caused by the departures and posed a threat throughout.

“Player-cach Steve Pape was a constant threat with his ball carrying and their backline made a number of line breaks which is something we need to look at in our analysis.

“For the second week running our defensive work lacked attention to detail, and we worked harder with the ball than we did without. We were slow starters again and for the second week running the guys will be disappointed with the way they acquitted themselves in the first half.”

Hill concluded: “Already playing without Matt Ryan, Charlie Gibbings and back row trio of Sam Richardson, James Harris and Ben Hawley, we were hit by an injury to captain Jack Fahy in the first half and to outside back Henry Goldson in the warm-up.

“We lacked a little bit of composure and leadership at times and struggled to keep the ball in the first half.

“That said, another strong second half performance allowed us to pull away from Hornets.”

The Quick Gin sponsored Man of the Match went to debut playing back rower man of the match went to back rower Pete Ingoldsby.

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