Cadywould scores 21 points as Cockles 2nd XV hit Devon Merit Table top spot
PUBLISHED: 10:33 24 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:33 24 October 2018
Exmouth 2nd XV emulated the Cockles 1st XV with a win over Newton Abbot, in their case a Devon Merit Table 56-34 score.
With both teams knowing a win would see them take top spot in the league table, a close encounter was anticipated – and that’s what two well-matched sides served up.
Rich Cadywould had a magnificent day with the boot, converting all eight tries and scoring one of his own, finishing with a personal tally of 21 points.
Exmouth dominated the first half with tries from Tom Steer and Harvey Ridgeway. Newton Abbot countered with a penalty and try, bringing the score to 14-8. Cadywould went over, followed by Will Hockin and Tom Steer. With the Cockles in great form they hit the break 35-8 ahead.
Clearly revived from the sunshine break, Newton Abbot came out with intent and scored two converted tries of their own to see the score 35-22. However, Cockles’ Nick Watt nipped in for a try, increasing the lead to 42-22.
In an end-to-end contest, Newton Abbot hit back with another try. Nick Watt crossed for his second try and skipper Tom Steer completed his try hat-trick before Newton Abbott finished off the scoring with a converted try.
The win, born out of a measured and controlled team performance, takes the Cockles’ 2nd XV top of the table. On Saturday (October 27), the Cockles head for Plymouth and a meeting with Devonport Services.