It was a difficult start to the season for the Exeter boys, lots of rule changes, line-outs, flankers, conversions, a full scrum and a strong Taunton side all to deal with on the opening day. Taunton scored a couple of early tries, missed tackles costing the home team dearly. A penalty was kicked into the corner, the catch and drive was well executed and nearly led to an Exeter try. Jody Devine won a turnover which led to a strong run from Levi Richards who offloaded to Charlie Mason but Taunton defended well. Taunton scored three more tries, spreading the ball wide at the right time to score out wide. New signing Cameron Forrest restarted well, his kicks giving Exeter the chance to compete for each kick-off. The half finished brightly when Captain Jody made a great interception to score the first try of the season.
Half time Exeter 5 Taunton 31
Craig Marriott showed good skill on his debut to collect an awkward kick, make some ground and offload to a team mate. Forward play was improving with the driving line out being a particular strength. Myles Langley and Hazam Badram made some great tackles but Taunton continued to score regularly, using the width of the pitch to great effect. Late on Taunton were awarded a scrum five metres out but Exeter drove them off to cap a strong days scrummaging performance. George Brennan made a brave try saving tackle near the end. It was a hard opening game but there was a lot of good effort made.
Trophies were awarded to Jody Devine for his constant effort, Hazam Badram for his tackling and hard running and Harvey Lashbrook for his scrummaging.