Palmer impresses as Cockles Under-12 have unbeaten run ended at Brixham

PUBLISHED: 11:56 05 November 2013 | UPDATED: 11:59 05 November 2013

Exmouth Cockles go head to head with Bournemouth. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exsp 3919-39-13AW. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

Exmouth Cockles go head to head with Bournemouth. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exsp 3919-39-13AW. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

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Exmouth Under-12s travelled to Brixham for an unscheduled match in the hope of continuing their unbeaten run this season.

However, they were soon to find that they would have to work very hard to achieve the required result, when Brixham crossed for the opening try in the first few minutes!

The Cockles found their own form soon after the restart when some determined forward play opened up space for the back to run at pace and pass at pace with Ben Dawson on the end of the line to cross for Exmouth’s first try which was successfully converted by Arron Lee to level the score.

The first half continued with good rugby from both sides and fairly evenly balanced, but it was Brixham who managed to score another converted try, next due to a momentary lack of concentration in the Exmouth defence.

Brixham started to apply further pressure and it looked as though Exmouth were going to concede again but the ball was held up and the following five yard scrum was secured well by the Exmouth pack, which gave scrum half Stewart Masters a good platform to pass to Eddie Ford who cleared with a wonderful kick which sent the host scrambling back to their own five yard line.

Unfortunately for Brixham their fullback was soon to be caught by the pace of Luke Davis & Dawson and was penalised for not releasing.

A tap penalty by Harry Sprague was quickly taken & inevitably Brixham could not prevent the huge frame of Sprague from crashing over to bring Exmouth back into the game with a try and after Lee converted the half finished with both sides on 14 points.

In the second half Brixham came out with renewed vigor making the most of the strong wind on their backs and the Exmouth supporters were vocal in their disapproval when a very dangerous high tackle was only punished by a penalty when Dawson would have been clear to keep Exmouth in contention. The resulting injury forced Dawson to retire and unsettled the young cockles. A further set back to the Exmouth defence was to come when Davis injured in tackling one of the powerful Brixham forwards.

Brixham ran in a five tries during the second period which Exmouth could only match with one more from Sprague.

The match finished 45 points to 21 in Brixhams favour, but the depleted Exmouth side was congratulated by their coach for putting on a good display and in particular Jared Palmer who is improving with every game.


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