Exmouth become first team to deny London Irish league victory

11:52 25 November 2012

Cockles action from their match at Weston-super-Mare

Cockles action from their match at Weston-super-Mare

Archant

Exmouth did something no other National Three (SW) league side has managed in the 2012/13 season on the final Saturday of November.

The Cockles became the first team to deny all-conquering London Irish Amateurs a league success when they drew 13-13 with the Wild Geese on their own patch in South West London.

It was always going to take a titanic effort from the Cockles and that is just what the team delivered. The home team won the try count two to on, but the Cockles, thanks to the trusty boot of Andrew Powell, who converted the penalty try awarded to his side and also slotted a brace of penalties, ensured that the team returned to Exmouth with a share of the spoils.

On the long journey home Cockles director of rugby Chris Wright said: “I feel we should have won it and for me it’s certainly a case of two points dropped! They (London Irish) are very sharp in the backs department, but our forwards dominated proceedings. In the second half the home side were rarely, if ever, in our 22. Whilst at the other end, our forwards were constantly looking to put their defence on the back foot. A lesser side than a very good London Irish team would quite likely have shipped a penalty during our second half dominance that would have no doubt given us the opportunity to win the match. However, as I say they are a formidable side and we can reflect on a job very well done, even if it is one tinged with what might have been!”

Read more post-match comment and a full match report from a wonderful day of Cockles rugby in the next edition of the Exmouth Journal – out on Thursday, November 29.

0 comments

Other Sport Stories

47 minutes ago
Horse Racing generic picture

Taunton race goers have got three meetings to look forward to this month.

Read more
47 minutes ago
Horse Racing generic picture

This coming weekend (March 8), will see the re-arranged East Cornwall Point-to-Point fixture take place at the popular track of Great Trethew, Menheniot, writes Donna Harris.

Read more
48 minutes ago
Grizzly run 2015. Ref mhsp 3950-10-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Axe Valley Runners Grizzly multi-terrain race is the seminal post-modern cross country race, often imitated, but never bettered and still incredibly popular after nearly 30 years, writes Dave Eveleigh.

Read more
48 minutes ago
Roller derby action

South West Angels of Terror (SWAT) B took to the indoor hall for the first time when they faced Plymouth City Roller Girls B in Barnstaple.

Read more
50 minutes ago

Honiton weight lifter Chris Morgan has successfully defended his British Deadlift Championship titles.

Read more
50 minutes ago
Thousands of runners leave the start line for this year's Grizzly. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mhsp 7460-11-14AW. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

The Grizzly athletic weekend started on Saturday with the Junior Grizfest runs that were exceptionally well attended, writes Dave Mutter.

Read more

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 4°C

min temp: 2°C

Most Read Sport

Family Notices 24


Devon's trusted business finder