Eggstra special Easter SCockleaturday show from the Cockles sets them up for Saturday's massive home game
PUBLISHED: 16:26 02 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:26 02 April 2013
Exmouth 43, Weston-super-Mare 8
The Cockles boosted their promotion hopes with a second half demolition of third placed Weston in front of a bumper Easter crowd.
The visitors made a good start and dominated the early exchanges.
However, once the nerves were settled it was the Cockles who struck first with Mark Wathes turning defenders one way then another prior to crossing. Andrew Powell slotted the conversion.
The lead was short lived as a dropped pass in midfield was latched onto by Weston’s Sam Smee who raced away to score.
With the Cockles line out struggling and scrum creaking, Weston seized the moment to draw level from a penalty goal.
Wathes took the game by the scruff of the neck and raced clear from the Cockles 22 with Paul Morgan in support and it was the latter who took the ball over the line for the hosts to lead 13-8 at the break.
Exmouth started the second half well with Powell slotting an early penalty. The Cockles number ten then got 10-minutes in the sin-bin for a tackle offence.
The visitors looked to press home the extra man advantage and numerous scrums ensued, but Exmouth defended superbly and, when the visitors went off-side, the chance was taken to clear the lines!
Now back on the front foot live-wire scrum half Garry Hooper ducked, dodged and weaved his way over the line and, in Powell’s sin-bin absence, Jon Fabian slotted the long-range conversion.
Powell marked his return to the action with a successful penalty kick before the try of the match!
Veteran second row Bob Armstrong stole the ball in his own half from the hands of the Weston number-nine and powered up-field where he was supported by Ross Morshead and he linked with Powell before Hooper raced over to score.
The conversion was slotted to leave the Cockles with a handsome 33-8 lead.
Weston were beaten and it showed, their forwards ran out of steam whilst the Cockles ran the ball at every opportunity, prop Lloyd Morgan unlucky not to score from a length of the pitch run.
It was his break that laid the platform for the next try. Weston twice fell foul of the referee and touch judges, losing two men in quick succession to the sin-bin.
Exmouth made the right call kept the ball in the forwards and powered over to score, Stu Lowe literally dotting down one hand from 5-metres out.
With the game drawing to a close the champagne rugby continued running from their own 22. First Dave Bargent and then Jon Fabian carrying the ball up-field prior to Paul Morgan crossing the Weston line to complete the scoring.