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1st XV - Match centre

Dartmouth
Exeter Athletic
D Hammond, D Greeno
Tries
Unknown, Unknown, Unknown
L Chase (2)
Conversions
Unknown, Unknown, Unknown
L Chase (2)
Penalties
Sat 19 Jan 14:30 - South West Division - Tribute Devon 1 Full time

Dartmouth RFC 20 Exeter Athletic RFC 21

Dartmouth give League leaders a fright

The record books will show Dartmouth RFC 20, Exeter Athletic 21. But, this is a game that Dartmouth should and could have won.

Dartmouth played their first game since 1st December against Exeter Athletic who are currently 5 points clear of the Devon League Division 1 and are looking for promotion to the Devon Cornwall League

Due to injuries to key players, Dartmouth have been struggling to put a team together . But, with players returning, they came back with a bang and put the League Leaders on the rack and almost snatched a well deserved victory.

Dartmouth v Exeter Athletic 19-01-2019
32 photos

There is no doubt, that the Riversiders were up for this game and that the visitors reputation spurred the team on.

In control of the whistle for this game was Mr Paul Symons of the Devon RFU.

Straight from the kick off, Dartmouth took play to the visitors with penetrating runs from full back Gary Rooney, who was always willing to run from deep and join in his three quarter line. He was well supported by Captain John Dingle and Prop Tom Clark.

The visitors started to settle and their play was controlled by their number 10 Andy Alders and it was he, who after 6 minutes found a gap in the defence and went through under the posts. Alders converted to give the visitors a 7-0 lead.

Dartmouth came straight back and took the ball into Exeters 22mtr line.
From a line out, the ball was worked across the back line to Gary Rooney, who made ground before slipping the ball inside to Prop Declan (sausage) Hammond, who took the ball at speed and he used his frame to crash through defenders to score under the posts from 10mtrs out. A Luke Chase conversion levelled the score 7-7.

The visitors took play into the Dartmouth half and with their heavier pack making ground , they formed a a rolling maul and made 10mtrs before releasing the ball to the waiting number 7, who brushed tacklers aside to score under the posts. Alders converted 14-7 to the visitors.

Dartmouth stepped up the pressure with probing runs through the centre of the field by Rooney, Richard Seymour and Xavier Picot. Also good line kicking by Luke Chase kept the visitors pinned in their own 22mtr line for long periods of time.
This pressure continued with the Dartmouth 8 working as a unit and causing their opposite numbers problems resulting in a penalty being given away which was kicked by Luke Chase. 14-10.
Dartmouth kept creeping up to the visitors line and after runs by Rooney and Chase, a long pass was thrown out to winger Dan Greeno who took off down the touch line to score wide out, which Luke Chase converted. 14-17 (Dartmouth) at half time.

Dartmouth kicked off the 2nd half and still held the upper hand and were without a doubt the dominant side. Play was still being kept in the visitors half with centres Luke Bonstow and Jack(Flash) Gordon causing problems in attack and defence.

Against the run of play, the visitors won turn over ball and full back Reid Mawdsley came into the back line and a missed tackle resulted in him running some 40 mtrs Down the touch line to score wide out Alders added the conversion.
20-21 (Exeter Athletic)

The last 10 minutes was all Dartmouth with the pack battering away at the visitors line. However, possession did not lead to points.

One player was yellow carded as frustration set in and the visitors made errors leading to penalties.
With 3 minutes to go, Dartmouth had the chance to add 3 points but their touch line penalty sailed to the left of the post
Dartmouth then had another chance to win the game with a further penalty, but this time, the difficult kick went right of the posts.

The visitors held on for a 21-20 win.

Dartmouth Team Captain John Dingle said after the game,
" This was a great team effort, i am proud of the whole team. League leaders Exeter Athletic, know full well, that we were the better team on the day and that they were lucky to go away with a win. A missed tackle really cost us the game. It was good to see our players returning from injury and the game was a good tester for our forthcoming Cup game with Newquay on 2nd Feb. Players from both teams nominated Dartmouth full back Gary Rooney as player of the match."


Press release
Dick Evans C/O Dartmouth Rugby Football Club
07847 141 240.

Quilter Kids First Skills Series: Crab Football

Gary Rooney

Player of the Match

Gary Rooney

Key moments

5:00
Try Try for Exeter Athletic
5:00
Conversion Conversion for Exeter Athletic
8:00
Try Dec Hammond scores for Dartmouth
8:00
Conversion Luke Chase kicks a conversion for Dartmouth
14:00
Try Try for Exeter Athletic
14:00
Conversion Conversion for Exeter Athletic
37:00
Penalty Luke Chase kicks a penalty for Dartmouth
39:00
Try Daniel Greeno scores for Dartmouth
39:00
Conversion Luke Chase kicks a conversion for Dartmouth
41:00
Penalty Luke Chase kicks a penalty for Dartmouth
53:00
Try Try for Exeter Athletic
53:00
Conversion Conversion for Exeter Athletic

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Dartmouth v Exeter Athletic 19-01-2019
32 photos

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Gary Rooney is awarded player of the match for Dartmouth
79:00 Missed Penalty
Luke Chase misses a penalty for Dartmouth
77:00 Missed Penalty
Luke Chase misses a penalty for Dartmouth
53:00 Try 20 - 19
Try for Exeter Athletic
53:00 Conversion 20 - 21
Conversion for Exeter Athletic
41:00 Penalty 20 - 14
Luke Chase kicks a penalty for Dartmouth
End of period 1
39:00 Conversion 17 - 14
Luke Chase kicks a conversion for Dartmouth
39:00 Try 15 - 14
Daniel Greeno scores for Dartmouth
37:00 Penalty 10 - 14
Luke Chase kicks a penalty for Dartmouth
14:00 Try 7 - 12
Try for Exeter Athletic
14:00 Conversion 7 - 14
Conversion for Exeter Athletic
8:00 Try 5 - 7
Dec Hammond scores for Dartmouth
8:00 Conversion 7 - 7
Luke Chase kicks a conversion for Dartmouth
5:00 Conversion 0 - 2
Conversion for Exeter Athletic
5:00 Try 0 - 7
Try for Exeter Athletic
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Dartmouth
  • Exeter Athletic
  • 0
  • Conversion 5:00'
  • Try 5:00'
  • Dec Hammond Try 8:00'
  • Luke Chase Conversion 8:00'
  • Try 14:00'
  • Conversion 14:00'
  • Luke Chase Penalty 37:00'
  • Daniel Greeno Try 39:00'
  • Luke Chase Conversion 39:00'
  • Luke Chase Penalty 41:00'
  • Try 53:00'
  • Conversion 53:00'

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Team selection

Rooney, Gary Rooney, Gary
Picot, Xavier Picot, Xavier
Gordon, Jack(Flash) Gordon, Jack(Flash)
Bonstow, Luke (Bono) Bonstow, Luke (Bono)
Greeno, Daniel Greeno, Daniel
Chase, Luke Chase, Luke
Bruckner, Josh Bruckner, Josh
Dingle, John Dingle, John
Seymour, Ricky Seymour, Ricky
Stirk, Jack Stirk, Jack
Parrott, Alex Parrott, Alex
Burrows, Ryan Burrows, Ryan
Clark, Tom Clark, Tom
Jones, Dan Jones, Dan
Hammond, Dec Hammond, Dec

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# Team Pl Pts
1. North Tawton 14 54
2. Exeter Athletic 12 50
3. Exeter Saracens 10 36
4. Buckfastleigh Ramblers 13 31
5. Tamar Saracens 13 30
6. Old Technicians 11 23
7. Dartmouth 14 21

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