Quins beat Saracens

PUBLISHED: 16:18 13 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:29 10 June 2010

WITH the weather causing all sorts of problems for scheduled matches elsewhere, Exmouth Quins hastily arranged a home friendly against Exeter Saracens 1st XV on Saturday afternoon. The net result of the action was a thrilling 23-19 win for the Quins.

WITH the weather causing all sorts of problems for scheduled matches elsewhere, Exmouth Quins hastily arranged a home friendly against Exeter Saracens 1st XV on Saturday afternoon.The net result of the action was a thrilling 23-19 win for the Quins.From the kick-off the home side launched the ball deep into visiting territory and the opposition were caught unawares but, unlike in recent outings, instant points did not materialise.The visitors did concede a 6th minute penalty and the trusty boot of Richard Cadywould saw to it that the first points were posted on the Recreation Ground board.From the restart Saracens also kicked deep and forced the home side to go for touch. From the lineout Saracens cut clean through the usually tight Quins' defence to cross for a try that they converted to take a 7-3 lead.A period of closely contested middle ground rugby followed until, late in the half, Barry Walton went over, Cadywould converted and Quins trooped off for the break with a 10-7 advantage.The visitors scored first after the re-start when their winger brushed aside a couple of challenges to go over in the corner and once more the lead changed hands at 12-10 to the Saracens.In an immediate response Cadywould sent over his second succesful penalty to restore the Quins' lead and, straight from the re-start, winger Nathan Budd was on the end of a neat interchange in midfield before going over the line. The conversion was missed but Quins' lead was now 18-12.Man of the match, prop forward Paul Flower then powered his way over from the visitors' 22 to extend the advantage to 23-12.However, Saracens were not finished and they scored a late converted try to give the game that final score of 23-19 in favour of Quins.

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