Nomads show signs of a lack of action at Newton Abbot.
PUBLISHED: 11:29 11 January 2011
Exmouth Nomads had not played for almost a month when they travelled to Newton Abbot and the lack of action certainly showed as they produced a disappointing performance to slip to a 16-11 defeat, writes Robert Lowe.
The lack of action was very evident for the Nomads who slipped to a disappointing defeat.
An early penalty from Lloyd Murrin gave Nomads the ideal start but back came the hosts and, with their large pack clearly fired up, a series of driving mauls and quick rucks put the Nomads on the back foot.
The hosts then struck with what proved to be their only try of the contest from good quick lineout on the Nomads 22 followed by a good line of running from the inside centre to score under the posts to take a 7-3 lead.
A penalty then increase the home advantage and they trooped off with a 10-3 half-time lead.
A change of thinking during the break saw the Nomads forwards adopt a different style in the second half. Using their superior fitness they recognised that the way to get past the powerful host pack was to run round them and this they did through flanker Matt Kain after a good break by James Bartholomew. Kain crossing in the corner but the conversion was missed and the Nomads reduced the arrears to a couple of points at 10-8.
Another penalty for the home side extended their advantage to one of five points but then Murrin slotted a penalty and the Newton lead was cut to 13-11.
The hosts though, had the final word, scoring a late penalty to seal a 16-11 victory.
The Nomads certainly conceded too many penalties in kickable positions and did not commit enough forwards to the breakdown which was disappointing as when they did the Newton pack could not compete with the pace they put in to the game.
Next up for the Nomads is a home game this coming weekend against Torquay Thirds.
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