EXMOUTH director of rugby Chris Wright believes Saturday’s performance against champions Hartpury College proves it will not be long before the team is back in National League Two South.
Exmouth played host to the already-crowned champions at the Imperial Recreation Ground at the weekend, with themselves having also seen their relegation confirmed earlier in the month.
But they went toe to toe with the visitors for over an hour, with two tries from Alex Brown and one each from Richard Bright and Ross Morshead plus 12 points from Richard Cadywould leaving them just one point adrift.
Unfortunately for the hosts, Hartpury College pushed again adding two converted tries to run out 47-32 winners although Wright believes his side, bottom of the table, had given a good account of themselves against the champions.
“We got a bonus point although we would have liked more. Hartpury are a very strong side and we did well to contain them for so long,” he said.
“We have enjoyed our time in National League Two. On the back of that performance and a number of others this season, I hope it will not be too long before we are back in this league.
“It was a pleasing performance from the guys. As was the case across a lot of the country, it was baking sunshine, the ground was very hard and there was a lot of running rugby.
“But from my perspective in terms of the boys, the defence was very good, although the scoreline might not suggest that. Don’t get me wrong the right team won but unfortunately the two scores hurt us.”
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