Kingsbridge travelled to Exmouth anticipating a stern test, only to find their hosts short of players due to illness. It was decided to play 13 a side with Kingsbridge lending players to Exmouth.

Early knock-ons by Kings led to scrappy opening exchanges with the bigger Exmouth players looking the more threatening, but Kings soon found some rhythm, which produced numerous line breaks often snuffed out on the flanks until the pacemen gained the confidence to back themselves against their taller opponents

From a lineout, Kings quickly moved the ball across to Will John who cut back inside, offloaded to Tom who drew his opposite number wide, before stepping inside to score the opening try which he converted. From the restart Archie stormed up the wing before being brought down, but Exmouth’s clearing kick was charged down and Marcel powerfully cleared out the ensuing ruck from which the ball went wide to Will John who finished off well to score.

Kings mixed up their point of attack with some great pick and drives and open back play. From a pick-up, Milo drew in the defence before giving the ball to the backs and Toby ran in a try in the corner.

Exmouth started the second half well and a strong break out by their centre was brought to an abrupt halt by a try saving tackle by Toby Baldry. Kings began to gain control keeping Exmouth pinned inside their half culminating in a typical penetrating try scoring run by Alex.

Exmouth won good line out ball on their own 22, only to be pressured by excellent Kings’ defensive line speed which coughed up fast recycled ball through the backs to Marcel who scored the final try in the corner.

Kings have to be applauded for some great passages of play as do those who unconditionally lent their efforts to the home side with total commitment!