Unhappy returns for Exmouth
PUBLISHED: 15:42 22 October 2009 | UPDATED: 12:09 10 June 2010
Redingensians 34pts Exmouth 23 National Three South West BACK in Reading just two weeks after their last trip east, Exmouth looked to bounce back from a couple of disappointing displays.
National Three South West
BACK in Reading just two weeks after their last trip east, Exmouth looked to bounce back from a couple of disappointing displays. Despite the score the performance was very encouraging.
Off to the worst possible start conceding a try from a charged-down clearance, the much-changed Cockles showed real promise.
Mark Wathes cut through the home side's defence and with skipper Garry Hooper on hand the scores were level with a try out wide.
Minutes later a second try looked certain until a Reds' player came offside and stole the ball five metres out, earning himself a spell in the sin bin. Richard Cadywould kicked the penalty but really a try had gone begging.
Reds came back with avengeance with their young No.8 to the fore, aided by a dazzling display from the home fullback an emerging Springbok and national sevens squad player.
Too often these players were given time and space to torment the Cockles, too many first-up missed tackles were hurting the visitors and by half time the Cockles were 24-8 down.
Renewed confidence and fresh legs at half time saw Exmouth gain momentum. Winning plenty of set-piece ball allowed the Cockles to attack, orchestrated by young fly-half Shaun Fayter with Jack Downie and Paul Morgan gaining serious yardage.
The side started to play like a team, picking up the intensity of the game and rattling the home side.
Scores followed. Murray Daniel and Morgan touched down with Cadywould adding a penalty and conversion. Unfortunately for the Cockles, the visitors replied on the break with 10 points of their own.
With the game drawing to a close Hooper thought he had scored a second, only for the referee to be unsighted.
This Week the Cockles are at home to Cleve (3pm). The Quins visit Newton Abbot in Merit Table One whilst, at home, the Nomads entertain Kingsbridge 2nd XV (2.15pm).
On Sunday the U16s play Tiverton. The U13s, U10s, U9s, U8s and U7s all play Topsham. The U15s, U14s, U12s and U11s are all away at Topsham.
Girls' rugby for U18s and U15s. Training is now on Thursdays between 5.30-7pm as well as every Sunday (1.30-3pm).
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