Cockles coach speaks about ‘terrific team spirit’ after win at Camborne

PUBLISHED: 13:53 12 November 2017 | UPDATED: 13:53 12 November 2017

Action from the Cockles South West Premier defeat to Weston-super-Mare

Action from the Cockles South West Premier defeat to Weston-super-Mare

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A huge team spirit was demonstrated by an impressive Cockles squad south of the border to bring back victory to Devon.

After 30 minutes of their South West Premier Division match at Camborne, the Cockles were staring a fifth straight reversal in the face, with a 15-0 score in favour of the Cornish side coupled with injury to captain Jack Fahy, the loss of centre Alex Goldman, an overnight illness to Pete Ingoldsby, and already playing without 11 1st XV squad members, the odds were certainly stacked against the side.

However, it is testament to what is clearly an outstanding team spirit and togetherness of the current squad that they were able to mount a rip roaring recovery and ultimately win the game 22-20.

A try by Lloyd Watkins just before half-time proved the key moment in terms of the Cockles’ recovery.

After the break, with the wind behind them, the likes of Meadows, Richardson, Bargent and McGregor set about orchestrating a workmanlike performance that Camborne struggled to cope with at various points.

Coach Jon Hill said: “It really was a terrific battle against lots of factors and really showed us what superb spirit this set of players has.”

“The game itself was littered with errors with weather and ground conditions not overly conducive to expansive rugby.

“However, both teams fully committed and both losing players to injury throughout the game.”

He continued: “A sublime drop goal from fly half and a Man of the Match shift from George Meadows, became a huge factors in the game. That said, there were big performances from the whole squad, with many of the them playing out of position. Jack Downie ended up at 13 from the wing, Owen Nesbitt, a scrum half by trade played 50 minutes on the wing, and Davy McGregor played the full 80 minutes in the back row, defying his ‘hard paper round’ looks to run round like a teenager!”

Hill was particularly delighted with the performance from one key area which he alluded to when he said: “The most pleasing aspect, apart from the win itself, was the defensive effort of the players, who, to a man, smashed everything in front of them. A desire to get off the defensive line, and to soak up big pressure in the first half, when playing into a huge wind, was a key factor in the victory.”

Making it a case of double delight against Cornish cream was the fact that the Cockles 2nd XV, also in action at Camborne, joined in the ‘smash and grab in the Duchy’ effort.

Hill said: “A number of current colts were in the squad, and showed once again, that the future can be very bright for all at Exmouth RFC.

“Harry Ottaway, Ned Mills and captain Tom Steer pulling the strings to earn the side a decent comeback victory.”

When the party returned to Exmouth they discovered that the Nomads had also won, making the night’s Pirate themed entertainment at the Imperial Ground clubhouse an extra special occasion.

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