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Unimpressed Exmouth coach takes advantage of Brixham's tactical error

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 12, 2012

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Exmouth coach Jon Hill said Brixham got their tactics wrong, which was why they crashed out off the Devon Cup 45-37 in the second meeting between the clubs in a fortnight.

Brixham coach Dan Parkes revealed in Friday's Western Morning News his blueprint to beat Exmouth involved taking them on the backs and not in a forward battle.

Hill said Parkes was way off course as his team still won despite not always playing at their best.

"The lads in our back line were not impressed by those remarks, which must have been made on the basis of the last game, at it only made them try harder," said Hill.

"Had it been a league game we would have had the four-try bonus point after 20 minutes and would have taken five points to their one out of it.

"Brixham showed great character to come back from 42-12 down with 20 minutes to go as with that sort of lead we should have done better."

Hill added: "We did have three sin-binnings in the second half and at one stage when Brixham were coming at us we were down to 13."

Jack Westlake bagged two tries for Exmouth, Tom Elliot, James Harris and Tom Kill got one each and Andrew Powell kicked everything else.

Flanker Mike Sumner pounced for five tries in Barnstaple's 69-12 win at Torquay.

Elsewhere, Sidmouth beat Paignton 40-3 and Newton Abbot disposed of Cullompton 33-8.

Cornwall's competitions committee will no doubt discuss the way ahead for the Tribute-sponsored senior cup when they carry out the semi-final draw in Truro tomorrow.

Only two of the four scheduled fixtures took place as Newquay and Truro handed free passage to St Ives and Camborne respectively.

In the games that did go ahead, Bude beat Penryn 15-13 and holders Wadebridge scraped through 26-23 at St Austell in a re-run of last season's final.

Western Counties West leaders St Austell were only ahead once in the game – 7-5 following an early try by Treve Murley which Matt Shepherd converted – but sniped away at the South West One side Camels right to the bitter end.

"St Austell played out of their skins and made us work hard for our win," said the Camels' coach, Nick Yelland.

"We had little edges over St Austell – we retained possession when we needed it and nudged the scrums – and managed to keep inching ahead.

"The kicking game I wanted to play didn't function, but take nothing away from St Austell. I can see why they are top of their table and can see us playing them in our league next year."

Matt Ballard, Dan Hawkey and Sam Stone scored tries for the Camels. James Grubb kicked two penalties and two conversions.

Bude turned it around in the last 20 minutes to defeat Penryn, but it was a close-run thing. Tries by Kyle Spence and Jason Bolt, whose effort was converted by Dan Pearce, wiped out a 10-0 deficit.

After James Sevior kicked Penryn 13-12 ahead with eight minutes to go, Pearce landed the winning penalty for Bude as added time approached.

Taunton Titans left to much to do and not enough time to do it as they lost 30-27 at Bournemouth. The Titans looked down and just about at midway through the second half as they trailed 30-8 with just a Greg Charlton try and a Gary Kingdom penalty on the board.

A three-try burst generated by Charlton, Aron Struminski and Kingdom, who converted twice, made for a close finish.

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