Haynes strikes in Nomads win over Saracens
PUBLISHED: 18:03 26 January 2011
EXMOUTH Nomads beat Exeter Saracens for the third time this season in what was another unforgiving encounter, writes Robert Lowe.
Saracens began the brighter but, despite seeing much more of the ball, were unable to make it pay with much of the reason for that being the solid defence from the Nomads.
Having seen off the early Saracens surge the Nomads settled into the contest and were first on the score board when a quick tap penalty from Mike Symons led to a strong forward drive and, eventually, veteran prop Mark Rowsell powered over from two, but the conversion was unsuccessful.
Further Nomads pressure was rewarded prior to the break with a Lloyd Murrin penalty and, at half-time; the lead was 8-0.
The start of the second half was the reverse of the first 40 minutes with Nomads the dominant force but they too were unable to press home their clear advantage.
The first score eventually arrived following a sequence of good forward drives that allowed Lloyd Murrin to release the backs.
Skipper, prop Dave Wellbeloved was involved in the move and when he fed Richard Haynes the speedy winger showed a clean set of heels to race clear.
Again the extras were not added but the lead was soon extended to 16-0 as Murrin slotted another penalty.
A combination of a Saracens fight back coupled with some far too relaxed defending saw Nomads ship a pair of tries to reduce the deficit to just four points but then Nomads got back to the basics, closed the game out, and wrapped up a 16-12 win.