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1st XV v Camborne RFC

By Ian Harris

A game never over until it’s over.

At 29-5 down by half-time the Cockles looked like they were going to travel back up the A30 with nothing but being battered by the gale force wind.

With 2 tries in 12 minutes, Exmouth could be forgiven to thinking déjà vu from the week before. Declan Matthews and Alex Ducker tries and Rhodri McAtee conversion and penalty started the ball rolling in the 12 minute opening. The first try came against the run play as the Cockles started to pressure from the off, unfortunately an interception as they attacked the Camborne line, Matthews sped away to touch down. After 14 minutes, Exmouth finally got some reward with Exmouth Hooker Will Ridout going over, Tom Whelan missed the extras, 15-5. The huge Camborne forward pack were posing problems initially and after 24 minutes Exmouth prop George Savage had to take a yellow card for collapse of the scrum under pressure. Camborne scored another two tries on 26 and 35 minutes both from Ducker with McAtee kicking both conversions. The try on 35 minutes, once again, came from an interception when Exmouth were pressing the Camborne line. Left Wing Ducker went virtually the full length of the pitch, 29-5 at the break.

In to the second half and Exmouth could start to use the strong wind to put themselves in to the Camborne half. Never a foregone conclusion that the wind would assist but it did have an impact on the game. A second yellow card was issued, this time to Camborne 'lighthouse' Second Row Damien Cook. The next score went to Exmouth. 9 minutes in to the half No 8 Sam Richardson touched down when the Exmouth pack drove over the line, Tom Whelan converted, 29-12. 4 minutes later Second Row Mike Richards crossed after slick passing and offload, 29-17. Another 3 minutes and Prop Nick Halse went over for a try, converted by Fly-Half George Meadows. Exmouth were back to 29-24, with a 4 try bonus point after 58 minutes. Camborne were not going to be turned over easily and virtually secure their win over the next 10 minutes with further tries from Ducker and Matthews, with the former converting both to take the score 43-24. Resilience is an Exmouth bye word this season and this was no exception. With a 19 point gap, a losing bonus point looked unlikely. On 75 minutes Nick Halse went over for his second try of the afternoon, Meadows converted 43-31. The whole team sensed that there was something more to be gained and after several phases, a couple of penalties conceded by Camborne, The Cockles were camped on the Camborne try line, with the afternoon getting darker by the minute. Full credit to all the lads and after several attempts, Flanker James Harris went over for the final try of the afternoon, converted by Meadows. Final score, 43-38. 81 points scored and Exmouth walked away with two losing bonus points, from what seemed an unlikely position. The performance from all left the traveling support breathless.

If The Cockles played like they did in the last 10 minutes, during the first 10 minutes and did not get intercepted twice, a different end result?

A big mention of 2nd team stalwart Paul Flower, who came off the bench at Prop and delivered a stand out performance during a tough afternoon.

Camborne were gracious hosts and their players selected James Harris as their Exmouth player, Man of the Match, fully deserved on the day.

Oh...and we Won the boat race (Sam Richardson, James Harris and Connor O'Shaughnessy). Nice One.

No change to South West Premier League position as Exmouth head to their final game in 2018. The visit of Drybrook RFC from Gloucestershire. Kick Off at 2 pm.

Updated 15:50 - 14 Dec 2018 by Ian Harris

Where next?

Boxing Day Rugby You Won't Want to Miss This.
1st XV v Camborne RFC Your Team selection for Saturday 8th December.

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