It was the preliminary round of the Devon cup and the Exeter lads had high hopes of progressing to the next round. Bideford started quickly and some poor tackling let them in for an early try. Despite Noah Williams interception the visitors were soon awarded a penalty five meters out. Exeter repelled the attack and turned the ball over allowing Cameron Forrest to clear. Despite a great Charlie Mason tackle Bideford broke away and scored. Hazam Badram ripped the ball at a maul and made a strong run and Ryan Lacey had a good run too. Bideford attacked and despite good defence from Ryan and Craig Marriott scored a third. Tyler Cobb and Arthur Wiltshire chased and tackled hard but a fourth try came. Jody Devine made a long run and passed to Arthur who was illegally stopped. The penalty was kicked to touch and the line out caught and driven, Hazam broke off the maul and passed to Ryan, following a great pick up by Monty Sorrell another penalty was awarded. This time Harvey Lashbrook was stopped just short of the line. A succession of injuries meant that Levi Richards, Josh Ash, James Oldfield and Harvey all had to be replaced.
Half time 0-26
Re-organised, the boys fought well in the second half, at the fore was Hazam running hard and tackling well, Tom Pepperell and Craig both tackled well but Bideford were too powerful and drove over to score. Ryan and Hazam both made good ground and Harrison Greenslade kicked for Jody to chase and gather and Craig and Jan Casling ran well before Jan too had to go off injured as did George Brennan. From a five yard penalty Tom Litton came close to scoring with Joe Clark doing great work to retain possession. Bideford continued to attack well scoring a sixth try. After good runs from Haz and Joe possession was lost but Will Cartlidge saved the day with a great turnover. Ryan ripped the ball and won a penalty. With time running out Tom Woodhead passed the ball to James who spread it wide to Monty who fed it to Ryan who powered through to score a well deserved try.
Full time 5-38
The parents trophies went to Craig and Ryan for their constant hard work.
The coaches award went to Hazam for his all round performance.
The Cup dream is over but the Plate is still there to be won, despite all of the injuries the lads know that they can do much better than this performance, Missed tackles and a lack of intensity at the ruck and in support play cost them dearly.