Exmouth register century of points as Malvern are mauled
PUBLISHED: 19:40 24 April 2013 | UPDATED: 19:40 24 April 2013
Exmouth 116, Malvern 0
The score line says it all, Exmouth knew they had to win this last league match to ensure a home play-off game this coming Saturday and they certainly delivered, in empathic style too!
The game was just two minutes old when scrum half Garry Hooper crossed the Malvern line.
There followed a 10-minute period without a score, but the sturdy visiting resistance was broken when standout flanker Dave Bargent made a fine touch line break to score and Andrew Powell slotted the difficult conversion.
From the restart wing Tom Kill showed a clean pair of heels to score the bonus point try under the posts with less than 20 minutes gone!
Powell converted and within five minutes another Kill try and Powell conversion made it 31-0.
A storming run from Jack Madge set up the next score, quick hands to Paul Morgan saw the centre race away to score Powell converting.
Morgan got another moments later again converted by Powell who the converted his own try under the posts from the restart.
Hooper got his second, again converted and there was still time for Jon Fabian to score an s end the Cockles into the break with a whopping 64-0 lead.
The flow of the game was the same after the break. Early tries from Mark Wathes and Morgan were both converted by Powell and two minutes later Morgan scored his hat-trick try and quickly bagged a fourth.
Powell then crossed before a 17-minute spell without scoring allowing the pa announcer at the Imperial ground to draw breath! IT was Jon Fabian who got the scoring going again, Powell converted and it was now 97-0.
Fittingly Cockles legend Garry Hooper got his third try of the game to bring up the century of points and that was followed by Powell’s 12th successful conversion.
Matt Ryan then touched down for a deserved score, Powell converted and all that remained was for Wathes to bag another try to seal a huge victory.
This was the highest league win in the Cockles history and sets them up for this Saturday’s historic home meeting with Dorking that could lead to the club playing at a higher level next season.
Kick-off is at 3pm. Exmouth director of rugby Chris Wright says: “This Saturday is the culmination of a wonderful seasons work. Dorking will not be a push over and I would like to think that the good folk of Exmouth will once more step forward to give the team the sort of vocal backing that could make all the difference. Thus far it’s been a great effort, but there remains work to do. We will prepare in the correct manner and make sure that we are as ready as we can be for this huge fixture.”