Defeat is all part of learning the ropes

PUBLISHED: 10:24 29 February 2008 | UPDATED: 08:52 10 June 2010

Crediton Colts 29pts, Exmouth Colts 3 Merit Table: Early in the season Exmouth pulled off a close victory at home over a powerful Crediton team so this was always going to be a very tough match for this young Cockles side.

Crediton Colts 29pts, Exmouth Colts 3 Merit Table: Early in the season Exmouth pulled off a close victory at home over a powerful Crediton team so this was always going to be a very tough match for this young Cockles side.

A combination of injuries and holidays again demonstrated the overall enthusiasm, still being able to travel with a full squad and bench.

A slow start by Exmouth has almost become a habit as Crediton crossed for a converted try in the first few minutes.

The bigger, more experienced Crediton pack controlled the scrums. Despite heroics by Alex Hole, the Exmouth scrum was always under threat.

A drive into Crediton territory was rewarded by a penalty, by Darren Wood, to bring the score to 7-3.

Some interesting interpretations of play left the sides a little confused, but both kept their discipline.

Joe Parkin stepped up a year into the scrum-half berth and demonstrated skill and vision as he filled the gap left by his injured older brother. He had a solid game, putting pressure on his opposite number and making good use of possession to push the team forward.

The link with stand-in fly-half Wood was clean and gave him time to select options, clearing the line and putting pressure kicks down the line.

Although the Crediton forwards were more experienced and heavier, Exmouth kept battling throughout and Chris Button, Matt Kain, Leigh Crellin and Sam Bull are worthy of mention. That should not detract from the effort made by the other forwards.

Determined defence was the order of the day and Archie O'Connell and Terry Mears combined in the centre, providing flashes of brilliance in attack and resolute in defence.

Lloyd Murrin grows in confidence and showed his deceptive agility to break through tackles.

Crediton scored five tries, two by former Exmouth player Richard Bright. But for determined tackling, and a failure by Crediton to release the ball, they could have seen one or two more.

The second half was a more balanced affair with Exmouth close to breaking through. But it was not to be.

Crediton kept their line intact and the only two tries were scored.

This season was always going to be a steep learning curve for these young lads and their commitment and enthusiasm cannot be understated as they make the transition from junior to senior rugby.

They are learning each week and as players return to key positions they are well placed to complete a respectable season.

Exmouth entertain Sidmouth this Saturday (2.30pm).

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