Junior rugby too good to stop
- Credit: Exmouth Rugby Club
Okehampton certainly brought the weather with them to Exmouth as the two teams faced up in very wet and windy conditions.
Exmouth Under-10s started the game on the front foot, and Okehampton found themselves running into a solid Exmouth defence. Luis Matthews ripped the ball from the Okehampton player, sprinting to the try line to open the scoring.
Two similar restarts and good defensive work in the middle of the field from Buddy Brown and Ruan Piper, followed by some good rucking, allowed James Curtis and Charlie Reynolds to add further tries.
Exmouth, with the larger squad began to ring the changes. To their credit, the visitors rallied bravely and through some good passing and footwork from their winger got on the scoreboard with a well-worked try.
This spurred Exmouth on, Max Milton opened his account with his first try of an eventual hat-trick. Callum Price and James Messenger also crossed the line, giving Exmouth a healthy lead.
With changes still being made to the Exmouth team, Okehampton scored a further two tries before half-time in a thoroughly entertaining game of rugby.
A breakaway run by one of the Okehampton players after some missed Exmouth tackles could have added another, however a determined Beau Halford sprinted back to make a try-saving tackle, resulting in a turnover and Exmouth possession.
The second half followed in a similar pattern with Zaylea Volschenk, Rupert Dunn and Mason Da'Bell-Price making tackle after tackle and winning turnovers to give Exmouth possession.
This allowed Max Milne to complete his hat-trick of tries, with Toby Walker and Zac Davies unlucky not to cross the line in the final minutes to add to Exmouth's tally with the final score 45-35 in Exmouth favour.
A big thank you to Okehampton for making the trip to Exmouth. Okehampton played a very good, spirited game. So much so that referee Phil Curtis could be heard shouting "this is too good to stop!" as the clock ticked down.