Eagles make bright start to new season
PUBLISHED: 09:55 11 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:08 10 June 2010
EAST Devon Eagles were without any league rugby this weekend when Devon Sharks could not raise a side and the fixture was cancelled, writes Jan McCarthy.
EAST Devon Eagles were without any league rugby this weekend when Devon Sharks could not raise a side and the fixture was cancelled, writes Jan McCarthy.Player/coach Tony Emmins is extremely pleased with the way the season is going so far, saying : "The players have embraced the new game plan and it seems to be working and, as the league develops in the South West and the competition getting harder, so the game plans are getting more complicated. We are lucky to have very skilful half-backs in Rich Cadywould and Mark Wathes, and their natural leadership is a major contribution to early season success so far."There have been some excellent performances to date with wins away at Plymouth Titans and South Dorset Giants, at home against Somerset Vikings and last weekend away to Devon Sharks in the South West Challenge Cup.The Titans game was an eye opener for, as always, they (Titans) were very physical with some big units and aggressive defence, but the Eagles' players overcame this with some excellent lines and hard defence. Skipper Dave McCarthy led the way in defence with Paul Morgan and John Bird keeping the Titans at bay.The Somerset Vikings game was another to provide something of a shock to the Eagles' system as, despite being prepared for a strong opposition, the Eagles produced a stunning display of running rugby to register their largest win margin to date at 102-4, thanks to some fantastic running from Dale Sleeman, Matt Ryan, Jack Downie and Mark Wathes and some hard yards from Jonny Boltrukiewicz, Paul Flower, Jack Westlake and Mike Wilson.Last week Eagles played their first cup game of the season away to Devon Sharks. As always this was a physical encounter but, with some very good control by the half-backs and good use of the game plan, victory was achieved.Coach Emmins says: "At this point in time, everything is going well and with the help of the players we have formed a game plan that works for us and we are confident that we can be very successful this year in all 3 competitions, the League, the South West Challenge Cup and the National Competitions".Next up for the Eagles is Saturday's match against Plymouth Titans at the Imperial Ground.