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Exmouth RFC loss after close game versus Lydney

By Nub News guest writer

20th Sep 2022 | Rugby


1st team try-scorers Finn Musgrove, Jack Ballett, Joe Harris (Exmouth RFC)
1st team try-scorers Finn Musgrove, Jack Ballett, Joe Harris (Exmouth RFC)

Exmouth Rugby 1st Team v Lydney RFC (Saturday 17 September, away)

Despite the final score, 41-23 to Lydney, this game was a lot closer than you would believe.

The COCKLES were far too generous, with four yellow cards (one to Lydney). Three errors that led to converted tries including interception, lost ball at kick off and penalty try. 21 points handed over.

The first try from hooker Jack Ballett on debut came from a series of phases after a penalty. Finn Musgrove burrowed over and Joe Harris in support of an off-load also crossed the whitewash after phase play. Each with their maiden 1st team league try. Eight points from Oli Cave on kicking duty completed the tally.

At half-time the COCKLES were ahead 13-10, despite being down to 13 men when yellow cards overlapped. Oli Cave slotted two penalties and a conversion following Ballett's try on forty minutes. The forwards were solid at scrum time, prop Brad Skinner grabbed the players MOM. The lineout will be in focus at training this week. Our backs went looking for opportunities however handling was a little off-kilter. Mistakes can be costly, although if the execution is on point everything is a fraction easier.

The Severnsiders scored five tries, two for Brad Dunn, one each for Henry Sleeman & Reilly Scriven. Also a penalty try, to claim the bonus point win. Sixteen points from the boot of Brad Barnes. Ultimately they took advantage of a fractured side with two more yellow cards in the second period. Down to 13 for the last 10 minutes. 

A tough afternoon with real positives in performance from the younger lads. Maximum effort from all is never in doubt.

The next test, second placed Camborne at Exmouth on Saturday 24 September, kick-off at 2.30pm. Please join us, thank you for your support.

QUINS v Barnstaple II

3 wins from 3 games, COCKLES QUINS remain in second place just behind Tavistock. Winning 22-19 over a youthful Barnstaple second string, the big test comes next Saturday 24 September. QUINS first game against a club 1st Team in the new Counties 2 Devon League. Top of the a table clash at Tavistock is going to be a cracker, both teams unbeaten so far.

Exmouth NOMADS missed out this weekend when Barnstaple 3rd Team were unable to travel. They welcome Brixham 3rd Team this Saturday at home. 2.15pm kick off.

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