Early top of the table clash for the Colts on Saturday as they welcomed league leaders Exmouth to Bravelands.
Exeter, who have not been the greatest of starters this season, flew out the blocks with a determination and passion yet to be seen this year.
Exeter had a lot of early pressure and were able to retain a lot of ball, but unable to break the resolute Exmouth defence. Lots of good forward work was wasted by some inaccurate passing in the backs who created the space, but the important pass was not good enough for the hard work to be rewarded. Off the back of a right hand scrum the ball went through the hands to Brad Staddon who managed to beat his man on the outside and storm down the wing for the games first score. Conversion missed.
Suddenly Exeter had gone up another gear the backs and forwards were combining well, now fluently moving the ball around the park. Exeter moved up to within 10 metres of the line and a subtle offload to Alexi on the charge put him in for Exeters’ second score. Conversion missed.
The second half started much the same as the first with Exeter forwards piling on the pressure with some great off loading and this play put Exeter right back on the oppositions line leading to big Jack diving over for the score with Joe Lowe converting. Exeter 17-0 Exmouth.
Exmouth got themselves back into the game with a mistake by Exeter who failed to properly clear the ball, Exmouth scoring in the corner. Conversion missed. Exmouth with their tails up charged into the Exeter defence which held defiantly until Exmouth managed to find a mismatch and scored in the corner. Conversion good. Score 17-12.
It looked like Exeter were going to be up against it for the last few minutes of the game, but they realised that attack can be the best form of defence and ended the game on top pushing forward.
Full time score Exeter 17 Exmouth 12.
A great advert for Colts rugby, Exeters’ best performance by far this season, the Boys deserved this for all the effort they put in. Well done.