Cockles Colts hit ground running with excllent Cully win
PUBLISHED: 10:25 08 September 2011
Exmouth Colts played their first game of the new rugby season with a visit to Stafford Park, Cullompton.
With the hosts two players short the contest was played as a 13-a-side game with both sides omitting their flankers.
There was a frenetic pace to the early exchanges as both teams looked to exploit the absence of flankers and run the ball wide at every opportunity.
The home side struck first when Exmouth dropped the ball over their try line and a Cully forward was first to react, but the conversion was missed.
The Cockles responded and levelled with an unconverted try from Josh Sargant.
There was then a flurry of Cockles tries as they bagged no fewer then five in quick succession through Then Exmouth scored five tries in quick succession before
half time by Jake Cunningham, Aaron Conway, James England, Simon Hartrey
and Paul Bright with Danny Sampson converting one of them.
The second half started with the Cockles holding a 32-5 lead but the second period was a far closer affair with both sides attacking and defending well.
The only score of the second half was from Cockles skipper Paul Bright who intercepted a pass from the Cully number ten before running home from the half-way line.
Danny Sampson converted to leave Exmouth 39-5 winners.
The Cockles coaches were pleased what they saw on the pitch, and, with a lot more positives then negatives to work on, and the fact that 15 of the day’s 18 player squad were made up from the previous season’s under-16 squad, the signs are very encouraging for then long campaign ahead.
Man of the Match was Sonny Wright and he and his team mates will be back in action at home to Warminster this weekend.