"The performance was one hundred times better than last weeks display against Bracknell, but unfortunately wasn't disciplined enough to beat a Weston outfit who were led effectively by impressive fly half Glen Dickson.
"Our set piece stats were much better and gave us a decent platform to play from. Tom Brown, on his return from injury, Charlie Gibbings, and Nick Halse, showing impressive returns for their efforts in recent weeks. Halse, looks a class act and is coming more into the game as his match fitness improves. This allowed us to play a more expansive game , characterised by the two bonus points gained and the majority of points scored by our outside backs. Jack Downie scored from full back, and Henry Goldson scored two from outside centre, with Downie deservedly gaining the man of the match award for the second week running.
"Unfortunately our discipline without the ball was poor and we gave away far too many silly penalties, which were punished by the boot of Dickson in both points and field position. Late tackles, breakdown offences, back foot offsides, and being within 10m of the kick receipt without showing any effort to retreat were all classic examples of where a lot of our good work in attack and defence were undone by individual error and indiscipline.
"Individual missed tackles led directly to three of their tries and have also cost us dear. Our defensive shape was far better and our work rate without the ball much better than in recent weeks. The effort was there, the accuracy in the detail perhaps not.
"Already playing without the likes of playmaker Tom Whelan (concussion), James Harris, Richard Bright, Tom Barnard, Ben Hawley, Matt Dayment and Lewis Cooper, a late withdrawal by Alex Goldman required a reshuffle and another call up for last years Colt Ned Mills. A barnstorming back rower by trade, such was the injury damage throughout the game, Mills ended up finishing the game on the wing, and another back rower , Dave Bargent , ended the game in the centre, due to further injuries to centre Mark Wathes and Winger Matt Ryan.
"The physio room could again be extremely busy on Tuesday night and next weeks selection may well be dictated by the magic hands of Dr Simon Kay and Tammy Emmins. There is more to come from the Cockles, improvements required , but some positive signs of improvement in a game that should have been won. A wasted opportunity, a collective response required requiring more discipline and knowledge of how to close out a game from a winning position. Congratulations to Weston, who worked hard and deserved their victory."
Updated 12:20 - 8 Nov 2017 by Exmouth RFC Webmaster