In a game which saw hosts Cullompton thirds 5-0 down and reduced to fourteen men after only five minutes, the final 10-3 scoreline against Teignmouth 2nds goes some way to highlight the spirit and determination shown by the Stafford Park side in this tight match.
After conceding a soft try only two minutes in, Cully’s cause was further hindered when Number 8 Steve Luxon
was shown a straight red card three minutes later for retaliating at a ruck.
Despite their man disadvantage in the forwards, Cully’s pack, to their total credit, hardly took a backward step all afternoon and provided the platform for the hosts to frequently push the visitors into their own half in the first period. This was rewarded on thirty-minutes when an infringement at the ruck allowed Cully scrum-half Dickon Weller
to reduce the deficit to two points.
With the slope now in Teignmouth’s favour, the second forty was always going to be a struggle for the hosts but with the pack staying solid in the set pieces, the visitors’ primary threat came out wide. However, with some excellent defensive work and last-ditch tackling, along with poor finishing by the south Devon side, Cully’s tryline was to be breached only one more time.
Despite the defeat, Cully can take great heart from the spirit and never-say-die attitude they displayed throughout as they move on to their last game of 2011, away at their Newton Abbot counterparts this weekend.