Cockles have a good run-out in pre-season friendly with Redruth

PUBLISHED: 19:36 13 August 2018 | UPDATED: 19:36 13 August 2018

Exmouth at home to Redruth for a pre-season game. Ref exsp 33 18TI 9840. Picture: Terry Ife

Exmouth at home to Redruth for a pre-season game. Ref exsp 33 18TI 9840. Picture: Terry Ife

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On a wet and windy Saturday afternoon, Exmouth hosted National Two side Redruth in the Cockles’ first pre-season fixture.

Exmouth at home to Redruth for a pre-season game. Ref exsp 33 18TI 9838. Picture: Terry IfeExmouth at home to Redruth for a pre-season game. Ref exsp 33 18TI 9838. Picture: Terry Ife

In difficult conditions, both teams made some early mistakes before settling into the game.

The first half was tightly contested with neither team able to get on top until the last few minutes of the half when Redruth managed to get over the try line.

With 30 plus players in contention, Exmouth fielded a completely different XV for the second half, taking the opportunity to give everyone the chance to put their hand up for selection.

This was another tightly contested 40 minutes with Redruth eventually running out 24-14 winners.

Exmouth at home to Redruth for a pre-season game. Ref exsp 33 18TI 9835. Picture: Terry IfeExmouth at home to Redruth for a pre-season game. Ref exsp 33 18TI 9835. Picture: Terry Ife

Exmouth director of rugby Nick Smith said: “This was a very good performance against strong opposition and bodes well for the season.

“The most pleasing part of the game was the whole squad’s commitment to defend, with Redruth being made to work very hard for their points.

“The Man of the Match was Nick Headly, who scored two very well-taken tries.”

Exmouth at home to Redruth for a pre-season game. Ref exsp 33 18TI 9836. Picture: Terry IfeExmouth at home to Redruth for a pre-season game. Ref exsp 33 18TI 9836. Picture: Terry Ife

Exmouth at home to Redruth for a pre-season game. Ref exsp 33 18TI 9833. Picture: Terry IfeExmouth at home to Redruth for a pre-season game. Ref exsp 33 18TI 9833. Picture: Terry Ife

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