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's Lee Loveridge in action at ther back of scrum in the meeting with Newton Abbot 2nds. Picture CONTRIBUTED

Exmouth 2nd Xv's Lee Loveridge in action at ther back of scrum in the meeting with Newton Abbot 2nds. Picture CONTRIBUTED

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Exmouth 2nd XV emulated the Cockles 1st XV with a win over Newton Abbot, in their case a Devon Merit Table 56-34 score.

The Exmouth 2nd XV pack in action during the meeting with Newton Abbot. Picture CONTRIBUTEDThe Exmouth 2nd XV pack in action during the meeting with Newton Abbot. Picture CONTRIBUTED

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.

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