Quins stay top of the table after Paignton success.

PUBLISHED: 18:03 26 January 2011

Action between the Exmouth Quins and Paignton at the Imperial ground on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 1138-04-11SH

Action between the Exmouth Quins and Paignton at the Imperial ground on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 1138-04-11SH

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EXMOUTH Quins entertained Paignton's 2nd XV in a League game at the Imperial Ground on Saturday, writes Chris Witkiss.

With conditions underfoot not conducive to flowing, running rugby – the surface was heavy across the pitch and indeed boggy in places!

However, both teams tried their spirited best to produce an entertaining game. As is often the case in such conditions, much of the contest was dominated by the forwards with plenty of close-contact off-loading and driving mauls.

The Quins bossed the early exchanges and were soon ahead when second row Martin Westaway scored a try which was converted by Richard Caddywould.

Mid-way through the first half Paignton struck with a try of their own from a rare defensive error in a line out by the Exmouth forwards, which allowed the Paignton player to cross the Exmouth try line unopposed.

The conversion was missed leaving the Quins two points up. With just seconds left on the clock before half time, the Quins forwards, who had been camped for some time within five metres of the Paignton try line, managed to open up a play from which James Finnegan was able to cross the line and take the home side into the break with a 12-5 lead.

The second half continued in much the same way as the first, with both sets of forwards working hard in the rucks and driving mauls and the three quarters trying their hardest to run the ball wide with a very heavy ball.

It was during one of this moves that saw the only score of the second half when full back Sam Reid finished off the move with try, converted by Richard Caddywould.

For the purists this was not a classic as games go however a win is a win as they say, which gives the Quins the three points and keeps them securely at the top of the table.

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