Exmouth Under-13s bring curtain down on season
PUBLISHED: 18:05 28 April 2015 | UPDATED: 18:05 28 April 2015
Exmouth Under-13s fielded two teams, Cockles and Muscles at the Devon Seven’s tournament hosted by Topsham RFC, a competition that attracted the top junior clubs from across the county, writes Rob Masters.
With eight pools, each consisting of three teams, there were three trophies up for grabs, Devon Cup, Devon Plate and Devon Shield.
The Cockles saw off both Sidmouth and Honiton to top their initial group and that took them into a quarter-final against a talented Plymstock outfit.
In the first half it was Plymstock who struggled to get out of their half and fell behind twice to a well drilled and talented Cockles side. Despite dominating the first half which finished with each team scoring two tries the Cockles could not find quite the same form in the second half and fell behind having conceded three further tries without adding to their own two scored in the first half.
The Muscles were in a tough pool with South Molton and Topsham and, although finishing strongly in both matches, suffered from slow starts and conceded tries in the first half which left them with too much to do later in the game. Finishing bottom of their pool they entered the Devon Shield and played a quarter-final tie against Newton Abbot .
Despite playing some good rugby at times they were unable to go through the phases required to take control of the game. However, it was a performance which made their Cockles team mates and parents very proud. It also gave some players the platform they needed to show their talents which sometimes goes unnoticed in the full 15-a-side code.
This is the end of a very successful season for the Cockles Under-13s which have seen them move from being a ‘developing’ team into one of the best in the county. There can only be good things to come next year as they represent their club at Under-14 level.