The Fresh 1s recorded a handsome 69-8 drubbing of Swansea with a hat-trick of tries scored by Captain James McRae. This continues their perfect start to the season with the full set of ten points taken from their first two games, and second in the league with a game in hand maintained.
Although the match was supposed to begin at 2pm, Swansea’s late arrival pushed proceedings back by half an hour. The odd start to the match was compounded by an injury to the referee. This required one of Exeter’s benchwarmers to take up the mantle for the rest of the game, which also resulted in the scrums being uncontested from that point. At that moment, however, Swansea had already scored a try in the corner, courtesy of their winger.
The Green Army charged through again with McRae offering Jack Crowther the chance to score
Exeter soon answered in turn when McRae burst through a couple of tackles to ground in the corner. It wasn’t long before he grabbed his second either, touching down directly in front of the posts. This allowed Charlie Stewart an easy conversion to make it 12-5, although the gap was reduced to four points when Swansea were awarded a penalty in front of the posts due to Exeter not rolling away.
After a couple of well-worked line- breaks, including one sprint from Dom Thorne which unfortunately ended in a knock on, the Green Army charged through again with McRae offering Jack Crowther the chance to score the try this time. Stewart converted again to put Exeter ahead by more than a converted try.
In an all too familiar pattern, McRae cantered through again to bring Exeter a few yards from the try line. Scrum-half Max Ducourneau was then able to pick and go over the line with ease to get the score up to 26-8.
It looked as if Exeter were going to run away with it, but Swansea mounted some significant resistance with a series of phases directly in front of the line. However, it wasn’t long before Exeter broke away down the other end of the pitch through hooker George Gosling. The ball was shifted to Thorne again, who had too much pace for the defence and scored another try. Yet another five-pointer was added to the collection by Rory Lorimer in the corner, and sub Jacob Bushnell went straight through the middle for an- other.
At 45-8, the result was inevitable. It was only fitting that McRae completed his hat-trick, and Crowther also got a second. Finally Joe Charnley put his own name on the scoresheet, which left the score at a resounding 69-8.
The EURFC Fresh 1s will look to maintain their high standards in their next game; a BUCS Trophy match away at UCL.