Injured coach sees his Eagles side win well.
PUBLISHED: 09:52 25 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:15 10 June 2010
EAST Devon Eagles travelled to Somerset Vikings with only 16 players but managed to return to Exmouth with a superb 54 - 14 victory, thus maintaining their unbeaten league position, writes Jan McCarthy.
EAST Devon Eagles travelled to Somerset Vikings with only 16 players but managed to return to Exmouth with a superb 54 - 14 victory, thus maintaining their unbeaten league position, writes Jan McCarthy.Eagles were forced to take to the field without player coach Tony Emmins, who had been injured on England duty the previous week, but they made a great start with skipper, birthday boy, Dave McCarthy, playing the ball wide to Nathan Budd who then shuffled it on via Luke Kent and Rich Cadywould prior to Jack Downie crossing in the corner and Cadywould kicked the conversion.The hosts crossed ten minutes later to reduce the arrears before a dummy pass by Cadywould saw him break through the gap and go over in the corner, kicking his own conversion.Then, from the half way line, Lawrence Giles jinked his way through the Vikings defence to touchdown under the posts, Cadywould adding the extras.Just before the break, Jack Westlake played the ball to Cadywould and ,with a neat sidestep, he passed the ball to Budd for him to cross over in the corner, but the difficult conversion missed, giving the Eagles a 26-0 lead at the break.Early second half dominance from the hosts saw them score a brace of tries, one being converted, but this shook the Eagles into action and an awesome power drive towards the line by Paul Flower saw the ball out to Lee Carey who touched down under the posts giving Cadywould an easy conversion kick.From the re-start, Garry Hooper took the ball on, made distance and then offloaded to Jascha Saeck, who made a weaving run in under the sticks, Cadywould adding the extras. After good defensive work, Downie made the hard yards but was tackled and after Hooper played the ball, it passed along the line to Saeck for his second try wide out, but the conversion hit the uprights.There were two further Eagles tries in the last ten minutes from Cadywould and Downie, Cadywould kicking the extras for both.The Vikings scored the final points of the day for Eagles to run out 54-14 victors.The last play of the game saw Vikings Mark Lees score but the conversion was unsuccessful leaving Eagles 54-14 victors.