Cockles under-16s show forward power

PUBLISHED: 13:19 20 January 2011

Exmouth Vs Newton Abbot on Saturday 8th January. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref ejsp 9606-02-11AW

Exmouth Vs Newton Abbot on Saturday 8th January. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref ejsp 9606-02-11AW

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Exmouth under-16s made it back onto the rugby pitch after a lengthy lay-off at the weekend.

FOLLOWING a disjointed start to the season with fixtures being effected by wet weather, snow and lack of numbers on opposing sides the Cockles Under 16’s turned out for their first game of 2011 against local rivals Exeter Chiefs, writes Nick England.

In a very hard fought game played in difficult conditions on the Imperial Ground, Exmouth won 19 – 15, having come back from a five point half-time deficit.

Ben Heys scored the Cockles first try replying to an early score by the Chiefs following a failure to clear the line. Heys’ try followed an excellent forward drive allowing him to crash over to the equal the scores but thr conversion was missed in the strong wind.

Chiefs scored a further try in the first half, once again a mistake in defence gifting the try to the visitors!

With the wind behind them in the second half the Cockles should really have pushed on and made Exeter suffer in the conditions, but credit to the Chiefs who never gave up defending and trying to attack from deep at every opportunity.

Two tries by Exmouth forwards, one by Josh Elliot followed by Ollie Howard eventually secured a victory for Exmouth, with Brad Neilsen converting them both.

The Cockles, whilst delighted with the victory, will surely be reflecting on a lot of missed opportunities.

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