Injuries hamper Exmouth Cockles game against the Chiefs.
PUBLISHED: 19:07 28 September 2011
Exmouth Colts were edged out 15-8 when they visited Exeter Chiefs, writes Mike Loaring.
With a number of key players missing and others having to play out of position it always looked a tough task for the Colts who kicked off playing into a strong wind.
In a bright start the Cockles enjoyed much of the ball and struck first at the end of some sustained pressure. The forwards drove intelligently up the park, eventually feeding the ball to Tyler Wright in the unfamiliar berth for him of scrum half. Wright in turn fed the forwards who again used the ball well and, with excellent support from Simon Hartley Paul Bright and James England, the latter making a 60-yard dash before being caught by the Chiefs winger. However, excellent play from the forwards saw the ball pop up for skipper Josh Sergeant to score out wide.
The hosts responded well and struck a brace of tries with one converted to head into the break with a 12-5 lead.
A neck injury early in the second half led to Sonny Wright leaving the game and he was followed soon after by knee ligament victim Will Siddle whilst Ryan Poulter bravely soldered on with an ankle problem.
The Cockles struggled to win much ball but they did defend superbly and the only scores for either side in the second half were a penalty each which left Chiefs the 15-8 victors.
Fittingly after such a titanic effort across the park, the whole team were awarded the honour of man of the Match by the coaching staff. This weekend the Colts entertain Sidmouth in another local derby.