Cockles Colts put in great effort
PUBLISHED: 18:03 26 January 2011
EXMOUTH Colts managed to see action after a frustrating seven weeks without playing when they faced a very strong Wadebridge under-19 side.
Playing with the wind in their favour, the Cockles made a bright start with the forwards winning good ball and that in turn was being moved swiftly through the phases with the backs providing excellent support.
The opening score arrived in the 15th minute when Josh Sargant went over in the corner after the forwards had completed some fine work with a hard drive towards the line. Tom Steer was fractionally wide of the mark with the conversion attempt from the touchline.
The remainder of the half produced a fine contest with plenty of running rugby played as both sides showed great commitment in both attack and defence.
Just before the break the Cockles became the makers of their own downfall!
The backs opted to run the ball out of their own 22 instead of kicking for territory, but, a knock-on, gave Wadebridge an attacking scrum from which they scored an unconverted try to see the sides all square at the break.
A sluggish start to the second half soon saw the Cockles fall behind for the first time as the impressive visiting number thirteen scored under the posts.
Wadebridge, who are top of their League in Cornwall, carried on attacking but the Cockles were equal to the threat and kept knocking the raids back from whence they came!
Paul Bright marshalled the backs defence very well and Jacob Loaring put in a number of heavy tackles to help the cause.
There were opportunities for the Cockles to draw level as the game wore on but a combination of tired legs and good all-round visiting defence, denied them as the game ended with a 12-5 victory for the visitors.
Overall the Cockles can be mighty proud of their collective efforts across the pitch as they contested every area of the game with a very accomplished side and the performance was all the more impressive given the length of absence from the game for the side. Indeed, at the final whistle the Wadebridge Coach commented that he felt his side had just got through their toughest test of the campaign to date!