Cockles coach on the Dings win

PUBLISHED: 15:58 09 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:58 09 April 2018

Exmouth versus Dings Crusaders action

Exmouth versus Dings Crusaders action

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Cockles head coach Jon Hill was understandably thrilled with his side’s 24-17 success over South West Premier champions Dings Crusaders before an excellent Imperial Ground turnout.

He said: “It was a truly superb performance and victory that shows how good we can be.

“To be fair, our home form has been very good this season. We now have to focus in on doing the same away from home with some big games coming up.”

Hill had high praise for one of the younger players on duty for the side, something he alluded to when he said: “Harry Ottaway, an 18-year-old colt, deservedly landed the Man of the Match award for his fantastic performance at fly half in the absence of both Tom Whelan and George Meadows – the latter who missed the game after picking up an injury in midweek training.”

Hill then turned his attention to the club news, including team news ahead of Tuesday night’s Devon Cup semi-final against Brixham (7.15pm). He said: “The league still needs to be the priority for us this term, but the cup allows us to blood some impressive colts, including Devon Under-20’s Sam Fulthorpe, Ethan Langson-Justice along with Ottaway.

“Tom Cooke, another colt, may also feature in a squad likely to see a number of changes.

“We look forward to welcoming back Sam Richardson, Tom Whelan, Tom Brown, Ben Hawley and Henry Goldson for Saturday’s game at Newbury Blues – all the aforementioned missed the Dings game and, when you consider those names it underlines just how impressive the win was.”

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