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Chris Wright knows Jon Hill's Exmouth side will need little motivation

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

By Tom Ede

Exmouth's Richard Bolt breaks away from Clifton's Hugo Govett. Picture: Gary Day/Pinnacle

Exmouth's Richard Bolt breaks away from Clifton's Hugo Govett. Picture: Gary Day/Pinnacle

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Director of rugby Chris Wright admits there will be no shortage of motivation in both camps as Exmouth prepare for their first derby of the season against Cornish All Blacks.

Exmouth ended a run of seven straight defeats when they beat Clifton 36-34 on November 23, but they lost their next game to Cambridge 40-23 last weekend.

Currently bottom of the National League Two South table, Exmouth will welcome the All Blacks to the Imperial Ground on Saturday, with their Cornish rivals five places and 13 points above them.

However, with Exmouth poaching Jon Hill from the All Blacks to be head coach three years ago, he insists both parties will be determined to get a result.

"It was a good performance to beat Clifton and a good performance against Cambridge," said Wright.

"We are not used to travelling these distances and coming up against well-resourced clubs so we would like more from the game.

"We definitely felt we deserved more but we are certainly moving in the right direction. Launceston now is a big local derby for us.

"I am the director of rugby at Exmouth who recruited their director of rugby to be our head coach three years ago.

"Our head coach was their director of rugby, so there are a lot of connections flying around and so we will be fired up to put in a good performance. If we can play as well as we did against Cambridge, then the results will move in the right direction, for sure," Wright added.

Exmouth won promotion from National League Three South West to set up two clashes with Launceston, the second of which is on April 5.

Now, after having a few players missing through injury, Wright is confident they could return to face the men from Polson Bridge.

"There will be one or two players who will be looking to be back in the side and we rested one lad on Saturday who is playing for England Under-18s," he added.

"So we are getting there, we had a new lad playing 15 for us who only joined the club recently. So we are getting nearer to this."

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