Exmouth Under-13s see off Newton Abbot

PUBLISHED: 12:16 19 March 2015

Exmouth under-13s were good value for a 33-20 success over visiting Newton Abbot.

The young Cockles made the perfect start with a couple of early tries and that set the tone for an exceptional mornings work by the home side.

What made the first half dominance all the more impressive was that the team were fielding a new back line with Stewart Masters making his first start at stand-off and Zac Tucker at outside centre.

Thomas Preece opened the scoring with good pace to touch down under the posts and Masters added the extras. A second try followed with Tucker crossing the whitewash and masters once again converting.

Newton Abbot rallied and, when the Cockles knocked the ball forward in an attempt to secure the ball, from the ensuing five-metre scrum the visitors number ten found a gap in the home defence and ducked in for an unconverted try.

The Cockles then had their best period of the match working the ball well through several phases and retaining possession, Vinnie Neath Rogers eventually punctured the visitors defence to secure the Cockles third, but this time Masters was just wide of the posts.

The final try of the half was scored by Harry Sprague following some good scrumaging from the pack and working through the phases again and the home lead at the break was 20-5.

Newton Abbot came out for the second half a little more organised and played some quick rugby and were soon in for an unconverted try in the corner.

The next notable action saw the visitors penalised for being offside five-metres from the Cockles line and a quick tap penalty from scrum Half Josh Cressal found Sprague in open space, and, with a combination of power and pace he broke through the Newton defence and made the length of the pitch to score under the posts.

Next, Exmouth were penalised on their five-metre line and a determined effort resulted in another unconverted try for the visitors. Newton Abbot would have added another try had it not been for a fine covering tackle from flanker Owen Tidball who bundled the visitor’s wing into touch. The visitors secured good lineout ball and quickly had the ball on the opposite wing to cross in the corner and that rounded off the morning’s scoring.

Exmouth coach Rob Masters said: “There were elements of this performance which the coaching team will want to work on, but it was pleasing the number of phases the young cockles went through to keep possession. That said, some passing was a not as accurate as it should be which slowed things down considerably. The ball carrying from Jared Palmer in particular was encouraging, but the whole team were playing better at the pick and go aspect of the game.”

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