Exmouth Colts lose – but make winning start to league campaign

PUBLISHED: 17:00 24 October 2018 | UPDATED: 17:00 24 October 2018

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Exmouth colts went down 43-22 when they entertained Plymstock Oaks in a first league game of the new campaign.

However, as Oaks only arrived with 12 players, the match win was awarded to Exmouth. The visitors were loaned three players to allow a match to be played.

Exmouth kicked off, but unfortunately this went straight into touch and this handed Oaks control with a scrum at half way. They secured the ball and after three or four phases were over for a early try.

The Cockles’ response was quick and decisive, and Jack Greenaway had them back level within a few minutes.

This was to be an evenly fought contest with both sides playing some good rugby. However, after a basic mistake by the Cockles, Oaks held up man and ball over the Cockles’ line which presented them with a 5m scrum right in front of the posts; from this, Oaks powered over for another unconverted try.

Again, Exmouth were quick to respond and hooker Eddie Ford ran a lovely line to receive the ball from a ruck 10 metres out and crossed to bring the two sides level again.However, a Zac Tucker conversion gave the home side a narrow two point lead.

Another unconverted try by Oaks was again followed by a Cockles try courtesy of Ben Mellor. This is how the half finished with Cockles in front 17-15.

Plymstock were again off early with a quick try to start the second half, which was successfully converted. Injury to the Oaks scrum half reduced their numbers further so it was now 14-a-side, still with three Cockles making up the numbers for Plymstock!

This was followed by an injury to Rhodrie Williams, who later required stitches to a nasty gash on the shin.

Ryan White again brought the sides level. However, Greenaway was harshly penalised and received a yellow card for not releasing in the tackle and Exmouth had to play the rest of the match a man down.

Oaks ran in two tries in the last quarter that allowed them to finish 43 -22 victors.

The Cockles’ four try haul also gave them a bonus point with the Oaks awarded one league point.

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