Cockles coach chat following the win at Ivybridge

PUBLISHED: 12:18 12 September 2017 | UPDATED: 12:23 12 September 2017

Action from the Exmouth 40-29 win at Ivybridge

Action from the Exmouth 40-29 win at Ivybridge

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Exmouth RFC could not have had a better Saturday as all three senior XVs won and the colts were also victorious, making it a ‘full-house’ of Cockles success.

Cockles 1st XGV head coach Jon Hill said of his side’s 40-29 win at Ivybridge: “A 31-3 second-half score line was enough to secure a bonus point victory over our Devon rivals who certainly had the better of the first half.

“A wind and slope were both advantageous to Ivy in the first half and, Exmouth in the second, and this was reflected in the score line.”

He continued: “Lewis Paterson’s men started the brighter of the two teams and demonstrated why the Paterson had billed Ivybridge as promotion contenders this season.

“Strong back play opened up some week Cockles midfield defence and four try scoring first half opportunities ended with four tries scored - a fine return for their territorial advantage.

“A few choice words and some tactical changes saw us make certain changes and, with Tom Whelan at the fore of a lot of our attacking game, we ended deserved winners.”

So what did Hill think went so wrong in the first 40 minutes?

He replied, saying: “We were poor in the first half both mentally and defensively.

“We were too soft and allowed Ivybridge to develop their offload game to great effect. We have to be better and ensure that the opposition have to work much harder to score against us.

“We were nowhere near as disciplined as the previous outing against Lydney and our work rate, without the ball, must improve.”

He tempered those thoughts by saying: “That said, I was very impressed with our spirit and work rate in the second half. We battered Ivybridge up front and I felt like we really should have had a penalty try at scrum time.

“Tom Brown stepped across to do 80 minutes at tight head in Tom Barnard’s absence and was excellent. Charlie Gibbings, Dan Armstrong and Mike Richards all had big games, as did Ross Morshead in his first start in over 18 months.”

Cockle’s player forwards coach Dave Bargent picked up the Man of the Match for what was a superb shift in the back row during which time his work rate was an inspiration to all around him.

On Saturday (September 16) the Cockles entertain Hornets and Hill, says: “We hope to welcome Davy McGregor, Tom Barnard, Ben Hawley and James Harris into the squad next weekend so should have plenty of options in the coming weeks.

“We are delighted with the depth we have in various positions, outlined by the fact that the 2nd XV saw off Ivybridge 2nds 24-7, the thirds beat Crediton 2nds 19-0 and the colts claimed a 45-5 success over Crediton.”

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