Launceston score late to inflict defeat on Exmouth in rugby thriller
- Credit: Exmouth RFC
For the neutral, this game entertained from beginning to end, with Exmouth eventually going down to a two-point defeat.
A fraught first half saw The Cockles go into the break 6-22 down. Launceston led courtesy of tries from Shaun Crawford, Daniel Pearce and Brandon Rowley. James Tucker added a penalty and two conversions, while George Meadows hit two penalties for Exmouth.
The home side woes were compounded with a yellow card and shortly after, a red card, Exmouth reduced to 13 men before half time.
The break galvanised The Cockles, who came back two lads down and almost immediately hit back through a James Harris try, 11-22.
Supercharged and back to 14 players, The Cockles kept the pressure up and were rewarded when Nick Headley broke free through a lapsed defence, Meadows added the extras, 18-22.
After 60 minutes, it seemed that the comeback was complete after an excellent individual effort from Lewis Geran, who split the defence, returning a clearance kick from Lanson, and Meadows converted, 25-22.
Seven minutes from the end, Launceston did to Exmouth what they did in Cornwall at the start of the season. A well-worked long-range phase of play and a try for Ryan Westren gave the visitors the spoils, 25-27.
Taking a losing bonus point will be disappointing for The Cockles, who did try to get ahead one final time from the restart. In fact, Launceston had an opportunity to go for one more try, however the resilient defence turned over to make one more attack.
This was a display of grit and determination from The Cockles. They close out the year in fifth Place in South West Premier League. All to play for in the second half of the season.
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