Cockles finish with a flourish
PUBLISHED: 18:31 24 April 2008 | UPDATED: 09:00 10 June 2010
Exmouth 32pts, Camborne 16 South West Two West: BOTH sets of supporters knew this would be the last game for a while between the two sides. Camborne are set to drop into the Western Counties division whereas Exmouth, crowned champions last week at Clevedo
Exmouth 32pts, Camborne 16 South West Two West: BOTH sets of supporters knew this would be the last game for a while between the two sides. Camborne are set to drop into the Western Counties division whereas Exmouth, crowned champions last week at Clevedon, look forward to pastures new and South West One rugby.
The pride of playing for one of the Duchy's oldest clubs could be one of the reasons for Camborne's storming display in the first half when they posted a 16-7 lead.
The second half was a different matter as the Cockles played like true champions.
Due to an injury to skipper Mark Wathes, Brad Perkins came in on the wing and Ollie Turton moved to full-back.
Exmouth quickly laid siege to the visitors' line. Tensions were running high and a Camborne player was sin-binned after only four minutes.
From the penalty the ball was pumped to the visitors' five-metre line, the penalty having been advanced 20 metres for unnecessary chat to referee Nigel Stephenson of the Gloucester RRS. A regulation catch-and-drive trundled over the Camborne line and the alert Ben Boswell touched down. Richard Cadywould converted.
Within minutes another Camborne player left the field for a stay in the bin. With only 13 players, a Camborne riposte was the last thing that should have happened. But it did when centre Joe Parma ripped open the Exmouth defence to score under the posts. David Mankee added the conversion and the visitors were level.
For the next 30 minutes Exmouth could do nothing right and the penalty count just kept rising. Andrew Smith replaced Graham Smith in the back row after 30 minutes, but by half time Mankee had slotted three penalties and Camborne were 16-7 up.
Camborne restarted and, receiving the ball, Cadywould thumped a long kick to the Camborne 22. The line-out produced a scrum for Camborne, but the ball found its way to Jack Downie, who tore into the visitors' defence. Cadywould kicked the penalty when Camborne went offside. With the score at 10-16 the Cockles were now looking more the part.
The pack started to come alive with second-row pair Stuart Lowe and James Finnegan beginningto show their presence. The front row of Tom Blampied, Ed Baxter and Adam Hooper put in some telling drives and, with 16 minutes of the half played, Cadywould kicked another penalty.
Minutes later, Lowe broke out of a scrum on half way and a deft pass to Downie gave the winger enough space to out-run the Camborne defence. Cadywould kicked the two points and Exmouth were 20-16 up.
Shane Cooper and Martin Westaway joined the fray as Exmouth continued to pile on the pressure. With ten minutes remaining a speculative kick by Richard Cadywould was taken over the line by Camborne, giving the Cockles a five-metre scrum in a good position. Chris Strong picked up and scored to round off another good performance by the young No 8. The game was beyond Camborne and, inevitably, Garry Hooper inspired the final score when he broke from the half way line and passed to Seb Phelps who slipped past the Camborne defence.