EXMOUTH director of rugby Chris Wright admitted he was left to wonder what might have been after seeing his side beaten 25-32 at home by Cornish All Blacks in National League Two South.
Wright's side enjoyed the perfect start when Tom Emery dived over but they soon let the advantage slip as the Cornish roared into a 21-5 lead.
A strong start to the second-half, that saw Todd Lowry cross for a try, gave Exmouth hope of a comeback but a Ryan Westren try dampened it and a penalty try was not capitalised on in the remaining quarter.
Wright admitted it was a tough defeat to take after seeing his side prove they were capable of competing with the Launceston club for large parts of the contest.
"Absolutely it's disappointing we feel that we could have won it but we didn't execute well enough," he said.
"We went into an early lead and then went 21-5 down. We feel very disappointed with our performance, we should and could have won.
"We keep letting teams get into commanding positions and then playing catch up and if you look at our last three games that's exactly what we've done.
"We keep having to come back in games and that's not good enough. But again we have started to come back in the second half, that's what we did against Cambridge last week and that's how we beat Clifton the week before so it's becoming a bit of a trait of ours.
"We have to start clawing it back and we have to do what we are training to do.
"At times our defence was poor and they took full advantage in a 20-minute period in the first half where they scored two poor tries from our point of view. We missed one-on-one tackles so it's simple stuff we need to work on – it's not rocket science."
On the positive side, Exmouth competed well up front against Launceston but Wright knows they must start to capitalise on that platform if they are to improve.
"There was good scrummaging from our two 18-year-old props," he added.
"We are creating the opportunities and that's a positive thing to take out of the game.
"The forwards are giving us a platform to do that and the forwards gave a very experienced Launceston side a hard time. We just have to be more clinical in the early stages and when we get the chances."
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