Musgrove scores hat-trick of tries as Exmouth Under-11s win well against Topsham
PUBLISHED: 09:15 14 November 2013
Exmouth 28, Topsham 7
Exmouth Under-11s were good value for a fine victory on a sun-kissed Sunday morning against a strong visiting side, writes Debbie Percy
Without doubt this contest was the most exciting match this reporter has witnessed this season!
The two closely matched outfits were both on top of their game from the first whistle.
Both teams were closely matched and determined to make their mark from the first whistle. It was the Cockles who struck first with Finn Musgrove touching down the first of a treble of tries.
Play was temporarily suspended for all concerned to observe the Remembrance Sunday silence.
Early in the second half young Musgrove crossed the visiting line once more and Ieuan Brockway claimed the final home try. The visitors had the honour of scoring the games final try.
Each one of the Exmouth tries owed much to close team work, strong work in the scrum, accurate passing and nimble footwork in open play.
Rucks were tidy and hard fought, and passes fast and accurate.
With several newcomers to the squad this season, play that had previously been patchy, proved to be much more fluent and all the individual and collective hard work clearly paid off.
Selecting a single stand-out player is hard for a case could be made for many! However, with a view to a watching our new players, it was clear that relative newcomer, Keenan Palmer, seems to have found his home as an effective full back whilst George Smale adds to the formidable scrum line up for the young Cockles.
With every member of the Exmouth team playing their part, the coaches were again hard pressed to pick out individuals.
Liam Daniels came out as Man of the Match, moving on from missed opportunities the previous game to blast a full-house of four from four in terms of kicking conversions.
Connor Philp stepped up to the mark showing real improvement in his play across the pitch to secure the Outstanding Effort award.
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