Young Un's seal Boxing Day win.
PUBLISHED: 09:00 31 December 2009 | UPDATED: 12:31 10 June 2010
THE Boxing Day game at Exmouth RFC saw the Young Un s XV record a 38-29 victory over the Vets XV, writes Jan McCarthy.
THE Boxing Day game at Exmouth RFC saw the Young Un's XV record a 38-29 victory over the Vets XV, writes Jan McCarthy.
The fixture has quickly become a most successful annual event and was once again contested in true festive spirit in front of a good crowd of spectators eager to blow away the Christmas Day cobwebs.
The match was helped along by some interesting refereeing decisions from Dan Gorfin!
It was good to see father Nick Tuckett playing for the Vets against son Ty, who regularly plays for the Colts, in the Young Uns side.
The Vets took advantage of the muddy conditions to try to slow the Young Uns down and they held out for the first 15 minutes, but the Young Uns then scored three quick tries from Brad Perkins, Paul Morgan and Matt Hannah, who each kicked their own conversions to give their side a 21-0 lead.
The first Vets score came on the half hour with Rich Haynes going over, but the Alan Pyne conversion fell short.
After 35 minutes, the Young Uns increased their lead with a fine break by Paul Morgan from his own 22, who offloaded to Brad Perkins on the halfway line for him to score under the posts, kicking his own conversion.
Just before the interval, the Vets reduced the margin when a catch and drive try saw Stu Lowe power over for a try and he kicked the conversion, making the score 28-12 at the break.
The team talk at half time by Manager Stan Jordan worked well because, within minutes of the restart, Ricky Croal drove over in the corner for a try, but Mike Loaring missed the long-range conversion.
Kiwi Andrew Powell then broke through the Vets defence to score an unconverted try wide out .
After a period of combative play in a muddy mid-field, a catch and drive on the Young Uns 22 was joined by players from both sides, leaving Vet Roger Nye alone in mid field, which resulted in a try for Dan Cuthbertson
Straight from the re-start, Jack Downie increased the Young Uns lead to 16 points with a brilliant individual try in the corner, but the conversion failed.
In the closing minutes of the game, another catch and drive from the Yong Uns 22 saw Vet Simon Tate get the final touchdown near the posts, with Alan Pyne adding the extras, leaving Young Uns the 38-29 victors.
It was a thoroughly entertaining game enjoyed by a large number of spectators.
Vets Squad: Manager Stan Jordan. Ricky Croal (Capt) , Roger Nye, Nick Smith, Ian Harris, Neil Hooper, , Ian Jordan, Ian Dunstan, , Roger Holman, DanCuthbertson, Nicky Tuckett, Rich Haynes, Mike Davison, Alan Pyne, Graham Price, Mike Loaring, Kris Daniels, Stu Lowe, Simon Tate, and guesting, new father of Jack, Dave Wellbeloved
Young Uns Squad: Managers Geoff Coombes and Chris Witkiss. Tony Emmins (Capt), brothers Rich and Andrew Cadywould, Rich Crellin, Andy Lendon, Paul Flower, Matt Cain Nathan Budd, Jack Downie, Paul Morgan, Andrew Powell, Dave Harris, Grant Vaughan-Atkins, Dean Davis, Ty Tuckett, Martin Westaway, Matt Hannah, Brad Perkins, Ollie Turton, Lee Loveridge, Jim Pallister.