Colts v Plymstock Albion Oaks
By Rob Masters
Convincing away win for Exmouth Colts.
With a cup semi final to follow next week Exmouth Colts were keen to get the most out of their trip down the A38 to Plymstock Albion Oaks. This they achieved with an impressive 52 – 24 victory.
The Cockles got of to a flying start with a fine bit of individual skill from fullback Bertie Hughes with a try converted by Nick Eveleigh Oaks were not prepared to roll over that easy and were soon applying pressure to the Cockles defence and were awarded a penalty which was kicked to the corner for a home lineout. Oaks secured the ball and with a clinical catch and drive, their weight advantage gave them an unconverted try.
Exmouth went on to score two more tries in the first half, a second for Hughes and fine try by Tom Sanderson who had plenty to do to get the ball over the line. This is how the first half finished with Exmouth leading 19 – 5.
Exmouth started the second half well and pressed the home defence early to secure a ruck turn over which was slipped quickly to Hughes who was free to run down the wing and then touch down under the posts for his third of the day. Oaks followed that with a converted try and then quickly with try number four for Hughes.
Oaks then had their best period of the match and secured two tries one of which converted to narrow the core to just nine points and were threatening to reign in the Cockles lead further. But this was halted with a brilliant cross field kick from left to right by Tom Pengilly to Hughes.
The hosts were struggling in the second half to take the pressure in the scrum and conceded a penalty when their front row stood up. The cockles opted for a second scrum and again pushed well giving stand in scrum half Owen Brinkworth the space to send a dummy pass and run in to score.
The match concluded with another clever little kick by Pengilly who chipped over the defence and a kind bounce fell into the grateful arms of Hughes to make it a perfect six for him on the day and eight for the cockles.
They now look forward to a semi final meeting with Tiverton next week.