More woe on road for Cockles
PUBLISHED: 15:52 06 November 2008 | UPDATED: 09:58 10 June 2010
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Chippenham 27pts, Exmouth 15 South West One EXMOUTH have found it difficult on their travels this season but with Chippenham just one spot off the bottom this was one fixture that the Cockles could have reasonably expected to have come away with a result
Chippenham 27pts, Exmouth 15South West One EXMOUTH have found it difficult on their travels this season but with Chippenham just one spot off the bottom this was one fixture that the Cockles could have reasonably expected to have come away with a result. The Cockles will want to forget the first 20 minutes of the game when the home side amassed all of their points without reply. Chippenham had the benefit of the slope and a strong wind in the first half. When it was their turn in the second half, the Cockles were unable to convert a lot of territory and possession into enough points to overturn the deficit.Exmouth kicked off uphill against the elements and, when the wind held the ball up short of the 10-metre line, the initiative passed back to Chippenham.From the scrum the home side drove to the Exmouth 22 and with two minutes played they were awarded a penalty. Centre Karl Brant made no mistake with his kick. Three minutes later, when the Chippenham skipper, James Gaiger, combined with winger James Dazeley to put lock Matt Bye over for their first try, Brant slotted the conversion. When another penalty went against Exmouth two minutes later, Brant was on song again.With 12 minutes on the clock, Chippenham's influential player, coach Hentie Martens scored the first of his two tries. Brant converted, taking the score to 20-nil. Exmouth started to get their hands on the ball but on 20 minutes an interception on the halfway line allowed Martens a free run in under the posts. Brant converted for 27-0. Minutes later Exmouth's Ben Boswell was yellow carded but the Cockles stepped up to deal with this, stemmed the Chippenham flow and started to put together some good rugby. Chris Strong made his presence felt at No.8 and the front row of Ed Baxter, Shane Cooper and John Pinney were certainly up to the task. Reward came when Seb Phelps intercepted between half way and his own 22 and outpaced the Chippenham speed men to score. The Cockles came out for the second half with the challenge of a 27-5 deficit but with the slope and wind now in their favour. Richard Cadywould slotted a penalty after five minutes and, with the pack gaining momentum, more scores looked on the cards. Mark Wathes and Jack Downie saw more of the ball but it was Cadywould who obliged after 18 minutes when he received the ball from a line-out, dummied the defence and scored under the posts to leave a simple conversion.With 15 minutes left, Exmouth still needed two scores to pull things round. A penalty on the Chippenham 10-metre line, which sailed past the posts, might have been put to better use. Exmouth continued to press for the rest of the game, but were unable to break down a resolute defence.Exmouth entertain Oxford Harlequins at the Imperial Ground this Saturday. As the visitors are currently bottom of the table, the Cockles will want to take two points from this game.