EURFC 1s continued their fantastic run of wins with a 72-0 trouncing of a lacklustre side from the University of South Wales.
The results of the season so far would have suggested that this result was inevitable, but EURFC cruised to victory in some style on a cold autumnal day at Topsham. A number of players were injured or rested for this game and a plethora of new faces were given the opportunity to shine in this well established and talented Exeter side.
The tone of the game was set from kick-off as the South Wales fly half failed to kick the ball ten meters. Captain Sam Skinner took the ball well and recycled it quickly to see winger Adam Worth tear up the wing and finish in the corner for Exeter’s first score of the day. Not too long after, Worth was in the corner again for his second try as he finished off a move from a strong scrum by the forwards.
Some stern words from coach Keith Fleming were clearly had during the break as the Exeter side came out flying in the second half. Some silky handling in the backs saw Doe break through the line again to score in the corner. Minutes later, Ollie Claxton followed his fellow halfback up the wing and scored to bring the score to 34-0.
Twenty minutes into the second half, a number of substitutes were brought on to close out the game. Gavin Parker then graced the field and immediately finished in the corner. Minutes later, Adam Worth broke through the defence yet again and offloaded to flanker Ledger who scored under the posts. Parker was called into action again as he converted successfully to bring the scoreline to 46-0.
The final ten minutes saw a deflated South Wales side practically stop playing as the EURFC players ran riot. Hooker Mike Perks picked up the ball on the halfway line and put on an impressive turn of pace to run the length of the pitch. Gavin Parker followed minutes later and a series of passes saw Captain Sam Skinner finish the move to bring the score to 58-0.
The final ten minutes saw a deflated South Wales side practically stop playing
With the forwards growing in confidence, second row Fred Hosking broke through the defence on the halfway line. He was brought down just before the try line and Ronan Jones was able to finish off his hard work under the posts.
The final play of the game saw a well-worked move from the backs finished off by centre Tom Holdsworth. The successful conversion meant that the final score of 72-0 completed Exeter’s annihilation of the visiting Welsh side.
Some fantastic finishing from both backs and forwards spells selection dilemmas for the coach as his entire squad continue to perform exceptionally this season. With six wins from six, it will be hard to see where the 1s will be stopped in their hunt for the title.
Freddie Eastwell – Sports Team