Cockles XV defeat visiting Royal Navy XV

PUBLISHED: 09:21 12 October 2017

Action from the Cockles defeat at Newton Abbot

Action from the Cockles defeat at Newton Abbot

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An Exmouth XV took on the Royal Navy (West) Divisional XV at the Imperial Ground and defeated the services side 52-13.

Cockles head coach Jon Hill was delighted with what he saw from the home side.

He said: “This proved to be a superb fixture for what was effectively a 2nd XV from the club and it gave us a great opportunity to blood some of the impressive colts players, who will undoubtedly be pushing for senior spots after Christmas.

“It was also an opportunity for all of the 1st XV coaches to see some of the fringe players in action, and give one or two more senior players more game time, who have featured on the bench, or returning from injury in recent weeks.”

He continued: “Ned Mills was outstanding, and a deserved man of the match. He is sure to be banging on the 1st XV selection door with performances like that. It was also good to see George Savage back in action after a spell on the sidelines.

“Sam Fulthorpe had a decent outing at nine , building on some solid performances with the colts, along with Joseph Oats, who despite looking in his mid twenties, is still only a colt!

“It is these sorts of games that we crave , and allows us to plug the gap between 1st and 2nd XV rugby. The Royal Navy West side were lively and the game was played at a pace, which was a great spectacle.”

The Cockles head coach concluded: “A sound victory and a great fixture, we look forward to the return fixture at Devonport in a few weeks. In addition to this game, we have also confirmed a game against the Coldstream Guards Regiment, at home, on Thursday November 16. This will provide another great opportunity to see some youngsters in action.”

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