Burns shines as he bags hat-trick of tries in under-15s win.

PUBLISHED: 14:23 11 January 2011

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Jevon Burns struck a second half hat-trick of tries as Exmouth under-15s finally got back into action, and produced an exceptional victory over Cullompton.

Playing their first game for eight weeks owing to all the weather problems, the Cockles were blessed with almost full availability and were therefore able to field a very strong side.

From the kick-off the hosts went onto the front foot and with an enterprising mixture of forward orientated play, keeping the ball and driving and rucking powerfully at every opportunity it was no surprise when they struck early in the game.

In the tenth minute Jake Gilbody broke through the Mid Devon defensive ranks to score the first try of the game.

Minutes later the lead was doubled as Sam Conway crossed in the corner and it was not long before the arrival of a third try when the Cockles drove Cullompton 25 metres down the field from where Brad Cooke raced clear to make it 15-0.

The backs played there part in the first-half with some great defensive tackling and runs from deep keeping the forwards on the front foot and, with no further scores, the Cockles trooped off for the break leading 15-0.

The second-half started in similar fashion to the first half with the Cockles very much the dominant force.

Ten minutes in the fourth try arrived when, after a powerful surge from the forwards, Jevon Burns drove over to score the first of what would be a second half hat-trick of tries.

The Mid Devon side kept going and indeed increased the tempo of their game but they were unable to make an impression, particularly with the trio of Dan Bradford-Jones, Matt Wells, Jake Gillham tackling none stop to deny time and space.

Burns ran in his second try and then a superb 20 metre break from Matt Harris and an off load to Conway ended with the ball being passed to Cooke who beat a couple of defenders to score his second try and give the hosts a 30-0 lead.

In the closing stages, and with the visitors now very much on the back foot, Burns scored his third try with a bustling run from five metres out to put a polished finish to a 35-0 victory.

All credit should go to the players on duty for putting on a most notable performance that gave great entertainment to the large band of watching supporters.

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