Exmouth Quins field changed line-up, but it’s still good enough to win comfortably at Devonport Services.
PUBLISHED: 21:13 06 November 2013 | UPDATED: 21:14 06 November 2013
Devonport Services 10, Exmouth Quins 24
Exmouth Quins, despite a number of regulars missing, were still able to put together a side to that won with something to spare in Plymouth.
Jack Westlake played in an unaccustomed position of blind side flanker and Marcus Garratt started his first match for Exmouth at number eight whilst Luke Mingo took the number seven shirt to complete a formidable looking back row and Ty Tuckett slotted in at scrum half.
The match started with Exmouth having the advantage of a howling gale behind them and they created some quick ball from a number of phases to put pressure on the Services line.
In the 16th minute fly half Lloyd Watkins broke right and threw a miss-pass to centre Joe Day, who took play into the opposing 22 before being stopped. Day, however, managed to off-load to the ever present Mingo who dived over for the first score of the game. Chris Swash converted the try and Exmouth were on top.
Three minutes later the referee lost patience with the Services fly half and sent him to the sin-bin!
Exmouth were keen to take advantage of having the extra player and, from a ruck just inside the Devonport half, Westlake picked up, rounded the defence, and launched himself over the line. Swash again added the extra points and Exmouth were cruising at 14-0. The Cockles didn’t have it all their own way though, and Services struck back before half-time with a try of their own.
The second half was always going to be difficult for Exmouth with the strong wind against them, but Westlake, Mingo and man-mountain Garratt continued to batter the home side by carrying directly into the heart of their defence.
One such attack led to a try for Watkins after he cleverly stepped his man and burst through the gap to touch down. Ten minutes later tricky winger James Bartholomew showed his skills by charging down an attempted clearance kick and regathered the ball to score unopposed.
The hosts scored a late consolation try, but the Quins were not to be denied.
This was a great win with some good individual performances by a number of newcomers to the team, notably Garratt, ful- back Ed Roberts and wing Bob Skelly.
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