Exmouth see off Hornets with Powell the main man!
PUBLISHED: 08:19 30 October 2015 | UPDATED: 08:19 30 October 2015
Exmouth continued their perfect home record this season in the league with a 32-15 Imperial Ground success over Hornets.
Exmouth were never behind in the contest, and they led at the break, but it was not until the closing stages that the Cockles finally out the game to bed, scoring two tries in the final 10 minutes.
Hornets arrived for the game having won both their away league outings this term. Dan Powell opened the scoring with a well-struck penalty and he then crossed the whitewash for the first try of the game, this after a terrific run and off-load by George Mears who made an impressive first start in Exmouth colours.
Hornets hit back with a brace of tries to level things up at 10-10, but five minutes before the break Powell slotted a second penalty and the Cockles went in with a three point advantage. A minute into the second half Cockles scrum-half Ruari Cushion was sent to the sin bin, but even with a man down, the Cockles added to their lead when a sweetly struck cross field kick by George Meadows was gathered by Powell to cross for his second try.
Hornets hit back with a try of their own to leave the home side leading 18-15 with 10 minutes to play. There were huge roars of relief when Mark Wathes went over for the third Cockles try, duly converted by Powell and the away threat was finally extinguished when Henry Goldson crossed and Powell rounded off the scoring with another conversion.
Six games into the league season and everyone in the National Three (SW) table has lost at least once. The Cockles sit in seventh place in the table, nine points adrift of leaders Barnstaple.
There are no league matches this coming weekend as it is Rugby World Cup Final weekend. The Cockles resume their league action on Saturday, November 7 when they travel to Newton Abbot to seek to end their misre5rable away record this season that has seen them lose all three of their away matches – ironically all in Devon, having been beaten at Barnstaple, Ivybridge and Brixham!