Exmouth storm back to winning ways
PUBLISHED: 17:04 12 March 2015 | UPDATED: 17:04 12 March 2015
Exmouth responded to the previous weeks disappointing away loss with a comprehensive bonus point win against Old Centralians at the Imperial Ground, writes Chris Wright.
The Exmouth Town mayor and past Rugby Football Union (RFU) president watched on as the Cockles made an explosive start, scoring from the kick-off!
Ollie Pyne was the beneficiary of a sloppy start from the
Visitors; the back rower being quick to seize the opportunity and run behind the posts to score and George Meadows slotted the conversion to put the Cockles 7-0 up with barely a minute on the clock!
With the ground bathed in spring sunshine and the playing surface much firmer under foot than of late, the home side seemed to enjoy the conditions.
A wayward clearance kick was taken on the Exmouth 10 metre line by Henry Goldson, slipping the first chaser, he took play into the visitors 22. With full back Ollie Rice in support, he drew the last defender to put Rice over in the clubhouse corner and Meadows once more slotted the extras.
The visitors hit back with an unconverted try and a second try either side of a Meadows penalty.
With the half drawing to a close a couple of scoring
chances went begging; Pyne losing the ball in the tackle on the try line to name one such situation.
Undeterred, Exmouth pushed on. Rice looked a class apart at times with mesmeric feet and strength in contact and it was from his play that the next Cockles score arrived. A Rice run saw link with Meadows, before a line from Goldson cut straight through the visitors defence and the centre was untouched as he raced clear to score. Meadows slotted another conversion and the Cockles took a 30-12 lead into half-time.
The second half promised much, but for the first twenty
Minutes, delivered no further score. Exmouth’s forwards carried well, arm wrestling the game away from the resilient visitors.
Both sides had chances, but it was the visitors who struck next when an apparent knock-on, and forward pass in the build up, went unseen and a converted try was chalked up.
However, any hopes the visitor shad of launching a comeback were quickly ended as the Cockles’ forwards came to the fore, playing deep in the visitors half where they were a score was denied illegally and an Old cents player was sent to the sin bin!
With a man advantage the Cockles used the ball to good effect from a scrum and Dave Bargent powered over for an unconverted bonus point try.
From the restart the Cockles drove straight back up the middle of the pitch and, with quick ball, moved right to left across the field, Old Cents were caught offside and a quick penalty whipped the ball across the field leaving Bargent the opportunity to coast over and Meadows slotted a difficult conversion.
The next score was created by a trademark Matt Ryan 40-metre run that set up Goldson for a simple touchdown under the posts.
With time running out Exmouth passed the half century of points mark with a try created fittingly by Goldson
and Rice, the two players who had caused so many problems for the visiting defence al game.
Goldson broke away from the Exmouth half and, as the try line beckoned he opted for a ‘jug evading’ hat-trick try of his own to put Rice in and Meadows slotted the conversion to compete the scoring on very satisfactory afternoon for the Cockles.