Cockles made to work for victory

PUBLISHED: 15:44 22 October 2009 | UPDATED: 12:09 10 June 2010

Exmouth 27pts, Kingsbridge U15s 5 With both teams fielding depleted squads due to illness and unavailability this game was set to be a fairly even affair.

Exmouth 27pts, Kingsbridge U15s 5

With both teams fielding depleted squads due to illness and unavailability this game was set to be a fairly even affair.

The final scoreline flatters the young Cockles, who were put under considerable pressure from a capable Kingsbridge team.

It is credit to Exmouth that their stern defence again held and only let through a solitary try.

The first name on the scoreboard was Ollie Howard, back after a serious injury at the end of last season, who picked up the ball from the base of a ruck and crashed over from five yards for his first try of the season.

James England scored a try in the right-hand corner following a fine break by Simon Hartery.

The Exmouth boys were lucky to be 10-0 in front as they absorbed pressure which was brought on themselves by silly mistakes.

The half-time team talk was obviously noted by the team as within minutes of the restart No.8 Josh Elliot drove over the line for his seventh try of the season.

Next, Jake Cunningham retrieved a kick through from Danny Sansom to score wide out.

Ryan Poulter completed the try scoring with England finally putting over a conversion.

Despite mistakes and wrong decisions, credit must be given to a side suffering from nine withdrawals and several positional changes, notably Joe Goode and Ben Heys for playing superbly out of position.


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