Weston still looking for their first victory of the season
PUBLISHED: 15:57 26 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:58 26 September 2018
Copyright Andrew Collins 2016. All rights reserved
Weston failed to capitalise when Exmouth lost a player with a yellow card and returned home defeated.
Exmouth 27 pts
Weston 13 pts
In driving rain and strong winds, Weston started the more lively and energetic of the sides and their dominance of the scrum was evident early on.
They worked their way into Exmouth territory and on 11 minutes were awarded a penalty slotted by fly-half Chapman.
Exmouth upped their game and drove hard at Weston using a rather simplistic approach of allowing some of their bigger forwards top drive at Weston, but the tackling was secure and Weston broke out after another turnover won by No 8 Talbot and openside flanker Fisher sprinted for the line.
He was hauled down just short and in the following series of phases Exmouth were penalised and Chapman stoked home his second penalty with 28 minutes on the clock.
Exmouth came back strongly at Weston and eventually won a penalty to bring the score to 3-6. Just on the stroke of half time, Weston lock Kingscott was unlucky to be yellow carded for an infringement and the referee blew for half time.
Weston started the second half poorly and some missed tackles allowed Exmouth to score two tries in under seven minutes.
With Kingscott restored to the side, Weston again looked as though they might take control and a neat chip from Chapman, after several phases of possession saw full-back Robbie Mackay run onto the ball and sprint away for a try which Chapman converted and Exmouth’s lead had been cut to two points with half-an-hour left to play.
Weston justifiably felt that they might edge this game as the Exmouth pack were penalised several times as Weston turned the forward power on but, even with the Exmouth hooker yellow carded, the home backs broke loose and scored two more tries.
Weston will be disappointed by the yellow card awarded to their influential No 8 Talbot for a high tackle on a player who as falling over and this made a significant difference in the last 10 minutes.
Arguably Weston deserved better, but will have to wait another week before registering their first win.