Training ground regime pays for Cockles

PUBLISHED: 10:24 29 February 2008 | UPDATED: 08:52 10 June 2010

Disciplined and motivated forwards, coupled with speed and accuracy in the backs, gave the Cockles an emphatic 29-0 victory over a dogged Exeter Chiefs side.

Disciplined and motivated forwards, coupled with speed and accuracy in the backs, gave the Cockles an emphatic 29-0 victory over a dogged Exeter Chiefs' side.

A deep kick-off by Bradley Nielsen immediately put the Cockles in the ascendency.

A series of well-worked phases resulted in a deserved first try when Josh Elliot crossed the line. Nielsen converted.

The Cockles kept up the momentum and used the phases of play well to move towards the Chiefs' line.

After being held 10-metres from the try line by a determined Chiefs'pack, patience paid off with a well-worked push to the line by Aaron Conway for the second try.

A third try followed with a trademark run from Simon Hartery, who received the ball from some slick passing away from a ruck and embarked on a weaving and bludgeoning run over the line.

To the Chiefs' credit they came out after half time and took the game to the Cockles.

Now slightly on the back foot, and 10 metres from their own line, Exmouth's training and confidence came to the fore.

After a well-earned turn over, the ball was quickly moved out through the half-backs to the three- quarters and with rapid and accurate passing the team were soon back in the Chiefs' half.

The Cockles had resisted Chiefs' pressure and were now back on the attack.

With impressive movement, and passing away from the breakdown out to the centres, Exmouth continued to punch through and find the gaps.

Two tries resulted from the constant pressure, from Hartery and in the last minute Jamie Maynard. Nielsen converted.

Overall, an impressive performance against a useful side.


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