Exmouth U14s 20 - 15 Tiverton
Much improved Tiverton fight back in second Half
This week Exmouth U14's went to Tiverton to be met by a new look Tiverton side with a full and well trained squad, which was in marked contrast to previous visits where Tivvy struggled to raise a full side. But Tiverton were much improved and gave the Cockles a tough game.
Tiverton kicked off and charged for the ball, but as they gained possession they knocked on, giving the first try to Exmouth. Tivyy were very strong and pushed Exmouth back, but an infringement meant the scrum was reset and Exmouth adjusted and resisted well. Exmouth gained the advantage. Scum half Cressle fed the ball back to Fly Half, Luke Davis who ran the ball from inside the Exmouth 22 to score the first try which was converted to give the Cockles an early 7 point advantage.
Soon after the restart, a new attack on Tiverton quickly ensued. Enormous pressure was applied down the right wing that resulted in a try from quick thinking and a high kick from Davis meant that the second try was a simple matter for the Exmouth backs to chase the ball down and grounding it for the second try.
The third and final try in the first half came from a thundering tackle by Cockles forward Olley Cowley foiling a determined attack. A knock on gave a scrum advantage to Exmouth in the Tivvy half. The ball found its way to an equally determined Zack Tucker who stepped inside and took a seemingly impossible route through a line of tacklers to the try line and took the score to 17-0 at half time.
In the second half, Tiverton regrouped and presented a real problem for Exmouth. Exmouth took the game back to Tiveton from the restart causing problems down the right wing, but from a penalty in Exmouth's favour the ball was regained by Tivvy who mounted a strong attack resulting in a break and eventually a try was bundled over the line to give the home side their first score but the hard work was not rewarded with a conversion. Soon after the try, came another concerted attack which was thwarted when their big number 13 ran the ball in to touch. However, Tivvy regained the momentum and scored another try taking the score to 17-10.
A real battle ensued, and eventually two strong attacks on the Tiverton try line produced the final try for Exmouth as the ball was fed down the line to Harry Sprague who drove over the line. The try was not converted so the score line was 22-10.
At the restart Tiverton were able to mount another attack which eventually resulted in a well deserved unconverted try for Tiverton leaving the final score 22-15 to Exmouth.