Late tries save hosts from relegation

PUBLISHED: 17:25 02 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:12 24 May 2010

FOR the second season running, Exmouth have had to beat Hornets in the last game to avoid relegation. In a lack-lustre game, where Hornets were in front for most of the time, Exmouth ran in two late tries to secure their lea

Exmouth 22 pts Hornets 13 ptsFOR the second season running, Exmouth have had to beat Hornets in the last game to avoid relegation. In a lack-lustre game, where Hornets were in front for most of the time, Exmouth ran in two late tries to secure their league status.Hornets started well and on eight minutes, following a well-organised catch and drive, Chris Disney crossed for their only try of the game which Mark Mansfield converted.When Exmouth managed to get out of their own half on 35 minutes, Darren Legge was driven over from a rolling maul for an unconverted try, but straight from the restart, Hornets were awarded a penalty for offside and Mansfield stretched their lead to 10-5.Fifteen minutes into the second half, Mansfield added another penalty for handling in a ruck, but at this point Exmouth began to take control and from an overlap Mark Lee crossed for their second try on 65 minutes, but Andy Pyle was wide with the conversion attempt,With only 10 minutes left, it looked as if Hornets might just hang on, but the Exmouth pack were now dominant and with a catch and drive from a line-out, Darran Legge crossed for his second try and Andy Pyle converted, to put them in front 17-13.Exmouth were then awarded a penalty and Pyle hit the woodwork, but Exmouth grabbed the rebound, set up a rolling maul which drove Darren Legge over for his hat-trick in his final game before retirement. Andy Pile was again wide with the conversion attempt.

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