Parkin try sets tone for Cockles

PUBLISHED: 15:50 23 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:52 10 June 2010

Exmouth Colts 39, Honiton Colts 14 Devon Merit Table THE Cockles went into this match with high hopes of continuing their winning streak in the Devon Merit Table. It only took five minutes for Exmouth to open the scoring with Joe Parkin using quick thin

Exmouth Colts 39, Honiton Colts 14Devon Merit TableTHE Cockles went into this match with high hopes of continuing their winning streak in the Devon Merit Table. It only took five minutes for Exmouth to open the scoring with Joe Parkin using quick thinking to go over from a tap penalty and to score the first of six tries.Exmouth were quickest out of the blocks after the restart with fast, open rugby that startled the visitors. Excellent control by the Exmouth forwards gave the backs a good platform to work off. Another try was scored in quick succession with a break by Shaun Fayter through Honiton's defence, leading to fast handling along the backs for a run-in by Lloyd Murrin. Fayter converted.On 15 minutes an Exmouth line-out move led to quick hands from captain Sam Bull to put Ben Waistell over, making the score 17-0. Fayter added the extra two points with the conversion.Ill discipline by the home team gave Honiton the chance to get on the scoreboard. However, they failed to land a penalty kick and instead gave Exmouth a break to go on the counter attack. The tables turned as this time it was Exmouth's chance to have a shot at goal with Fayter booting Exmouth a stage closer to victory. Just before half time, Exmouth could have added another try. A loose ball gave Waistell the chance to go over for his second. However, under pressure from the sliding Honiton defence, he failed to ground the ball.After the break Exmouth continued with ferocious intensity, with Dan Macleod stepping through the line to score under the posts. Honiton, now 29-0 down, showed their mettle and now it was time for them to strike back. Honiton pressure paid off and they broke through for a try.Exmouth responded with a try by Tim Green out wide after a scrum was taken against the put-in by Tom Parry.Despite a period of pressure, this made the odds on a Honiton comeback less likely. Exmouth were determined that 34 points was not enough. A good passage of forward play led to Fayter crossing for an easy touchdown.But Honiton were not prepared to lay down the fight. They ended the match on a high note, scoring a second try in the last play. Although another clinical display by this promising Exmouth side, the contribution from Honiton made for an entertaining afternoon. Two members of Exmouth's squad represented Devon in last week's annual colts encounter with old rivals Cornwall at Okehampton.The players were Sam Bull and Ben Waistell. Both made impressive contributions to a very tight game that Devon won 16-9.

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