Exmouth head coach Steve Perry speaks about the Cleve win

PUBLISHED: 13:14 06 September 2018

Sam Fulthorpe made an impressive first start in the Exmouth 1st Xv.

Sam Fulthorpe made an impressive first start in the Exmouth 1st Xv.


Exmouth head coach Steve Perry was delighted with the all-round performance of his new charges in their opening day Imperial ground win over Cleve.

Perry, speaking to the Exmouth Journal once the dust had settled from the weekends action said: “I have been rather like the new boy at school since I got to the club. But I cannot praise the folk at the club highly enough for the way they have made me and my family so very welcome.

“We had a good pre-season and then the two warm-up games against quality opposition and it was very encouraging to see the players clearly looking to put in to practise what we have been working on both in those warm-up matches and on the training ground.”

He continued: “In terms of the Cleve match, I was pleased with the way we defended our line late in the game. We scored some ‘ugly’ tries, but also got some ‘pretty’ ones and that too was pleasing that we are already showing signs of ‘getting a job done’. I was pleased with the attacking element of our play and, for a first league start, I guess I could not have asked for more.”

The new head coach had high praise for young Sam Fulthorpe who made his senior debut after stepping up from last years Cockles’’ colts XV.

Perry said: “Sam’s performance was very encouraging and I am convinced that that is the way forward for us – we can clearly reap the rewards of looking to develop our own.”

On Saturday Perry takes his side to meet a Drybrook side that lost their opening game at Exeter university.

However, the new head coach is mindful that the Cockles have not had the best of away records in recent seasons.

He says: “That’s an area of our performance we will be looking to improve on. Its only natural that players prefer and indeed enjoy playing at home before their own supporters and in familiar surroundings. However, if we are to enjoy a successful campaign then we need to find a balance between making sure we have a fortress at home but are also competitive ion opposition grounds and look to pick up away wins where we can.”


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