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1 year ago By Jon Hill

Coach Jon Hill comments on Duchy Raid

Coaches Comments from Duchy Raid

A huge team spirit was demonstrated by an impressive Cockles squad south of the border to bring back victory to Devon.

15-0 down after 30 minutes, an injury to captain Jack Fahy, a loss of centre Alex Goldman, an overnight illness to Pete Ingoldsby, and already playing without 11 1st xv squad members, the odds were certainly stacked against the Cockles. It is a testament to the impressive #OneClub team spirit and togetherness of this squad that proved a vital ingredient in a remarkable comeback.

A try by Lloyd Watkins just before half time proved the vital catalyst required, and with the wind behind them, the likes of Meadows, Richardson, Bargent and McGregor were orchestrating a workmanlike performance in the second half that Camborne struggled to cope with at various points.

The game itself was littered with errors with weather and ground conditions not overly conducive to expansive rugby. However, both teams fully committed to this Devon v Cornwall clash, with both sides losing players to injury throughout the game.

A sublime drop goal from fly half and man of the match George Meadows was the deciding factor in the game , but there were big performances from the whole squad , with many of the them playing out of position. Jack Downie ended up at 13 from the wing, Owen Nesbitt, a scrum half by trade played 50 minutes on the wing, and Davy McGregor (pictured) played the full 80 minutes in the back row, who defied his "hard paper round" looks to run round like a teenager.

The most pleasing aspect, apart from the win itself, was the defensive effort of the players , who, to a man, smashed everything in front of them. A desire to get off the defensive line, and to soak up big pressure in the first half, when playing into a huge wind, was a key factor in the victory.

A big shout out to the 2nd xv who also joined in the "smash and grab in Cornwall" theme of the day with a 15-8 victory on Camborne soil. A number of current colts were in the squad , and showed once again, that the future can be very bright for all at Exmouth RFC. Harry Ottaway, Ned Mills and Captain Tom Steer pulling the strings to earn a decent comeback victory.

With the Mighty Nomads also winning once again, last nights 'Pirate' themed social was sure to live in the memories of many, and a big thank you to the supporting bus load of Cockles who really contributed to the game and the day.

A great day all round.

Regards

Jon

Updated 20:26 - 16 Nov 2017 by Exmouth RFC Webmaster

Where next?

Royal Navy (West) 12 Exmouth A xv 24 A youthful Cockles outfit featuring six colts , overcame a fit and relentless Navy outfit at Devonport Services RFC.
1st and 2nd xv v Camborne (away) 2.30pm kick off Alex Goldman and Richard Bright return to the squad for the injured Mark Wathes and Matt Ryan, who join an extended injury list.

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