Exmouth Under-13s win well at Honiton

PUBLISHED: 17:16 12 March 2015 | UPDATED: 17:16 12 March 2015

Exmouth Under-13s claimed a superb 38-12 success over Honiton.

It was a changed line-up for the Cockles with several regulars unavailable or rested, and that might have contributed to what was a nervy performance in the first half.

The Cockles were first to get some points on the board with an unconverted try by captain for the Day, Harry Neath Rogers.

This was followed by a Thomas Preece try after he received a fine pass out of a ruck from Josh Cressall following a tackle on Ollie Jones that had seen the scrum half buried under a pile of bodies! The try was converted by Eddie Ford.

Occasionally the absence of some regular players and others being played in new positions showed, and Honiton exploited the gaps well, scoring a try either side of half time.

The Cockles were being constantly penalised for various infringements which caused frustration and disrupted the flow of the game.

However, their work rate was good and they maintained a good shape which stifled most of what the home side had to offer.

After the break the Cockles ran in four tries; two from Zac Tucker and one each from Vinnie and Harry Neath Rogers. Ford successfully kicked three out of the four conversions.

Ollie Jones had a good game at scrum half as did James Oldbury and Elliot Emmott on each wing whilst Ollie Cowley carried well in open play and Zac Tucker, coming on at flanker for the injured Owen Tidball, demonstrated some pace and flair.

With Jones at scrum half, Josh Cressall started at fly half, replaced at half-time by Stewart Masters, who played some creative rugby and made some good line breaks in his first opportunity in this position.

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