Exmouth Under-11s show continuing development as they are edged out at Totnes.

PUBLISHED: 21:13 06 November 2013 | UPDATED: 21:13 06 November 2013

Totnes 28, Exmouth 10

Exmouth Under-11s gave a very good account of themselves in an exciting game, writes Debbie Percy.

The young Cockles were quickly into their stride and their powerful start saw them take an early lead with a Finn Musgrove try.

The hosts proved to be tenacious opponents and relied immediately and, despite the ball being grounded short of the true line, a try was generously given as the player was deemed to have mistaken a parallel line for the try line.

A mistake Finn Musgrove was to repeat in the second half for the Cockles with a less generous outcome!

Totnes converted their opening try to edge ahead. With heads down the Cockles then shipper a second converted try and trailed 14-5 at half-time.

After the break much of the contest took place in fast and furious close contact with the home side showing determination to turn over the ball in the scrum, counter rucking strongly and ripping the ball when any opportunity arose!

Exmouth defended with some impressive tackles and neat series of passes. Tim and again they got to within spitting distance of the try line, but, against an indomitable Totnes side, lacked the power or resolve needed to finish the job!

Finn Musgrove’s discounted try was closely followed by another as a disappointed Benji Horn’s efforts fell short as he was deemed to have double handled the ball across the line.

The hosts added two more converted tries, but the Cockles were not finished and, indicative of the determination they showed throughout the contest was the move to bag their the final try of the game, scored after a strong run from Man of the Match Ieuan Brockway.

The final score did not reflect a close encounter. Much of the game was played deep in home territory where the Totnes defence demonstrated real strength in defence and several times fought back from a seemingly impossible position; a lesson for the young Cockles in tenacious determination to defend and regain possession to the very last stride!

Not withstanding that the Exmouth Under-11 team are quickly developing into a formidable team – with a clear team ethos that leaves the coach facing difficult decisions about match awards.

In this game Ryan Langson came out on top to be awarded for his Outstanding Effort and terrier like determination to find and keep the ball. Well done too to Leo for some impressive play in his debut match.

To summarize much good play was on show. The few gaps in defence were pounced on and converted into points by the home team. With much to be proud of and some areas to work this was an exciting close fought game between two well-matched teams. Well done boys!

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