Exeter Saracens RFC 57 Dartmouth RFC 7
Riversiders lose heavily against Exeter Saracens
A famous Prime Minister once said,
" A week is a long time in Politics "
This could also be said in sport, as 2 weeks ago Dartmouth should have taken the scalp of League Leaders Exeter Athletic,but last Saturday they found themselves losing heavily 57-7 away from home to 3rd in the League Exeter Saracens.
Admittingly, Dartmouth took a weakened side to Exeter, due to Injuries and player unavailability . But perhaps the players were thinking of the bigger challenge ahead, as next Saturday 2nd February, they take on the mighty Newquay Hornets at Norton playing fields in the RFU National Vase Cup.
The game at Exeter kicked off in sunshine and the first 10 minutes were fairly even, with Dartmouth Forwards Jack Stirk, Tom Clark and John Dingle making ground with penetrating runs up field. Jack( flash) Gordon put in some excellent try saving tackles.
After 10 minutes the heavens opened and torrential rain continued throughout the game, turning it into a mud bath.
Dartmouth appeared to switch off. It was as though they didn't want to be playing this game. They showed little interest in chasing kicks up field.
Exeter Saracens however, kept their play very basic . They showed they were a slick and well drilled side and they had something to prove after losing to Buckfastleigh the week before.
They won clean ball, which was moved across their three quarter line to their wingers , resulting in their number 11 Tom Savage scoring 3 tries. Or, the ball was booted up field by their number 10 Dom Lovesy , who certainly had his kicking boots on.
There were a lot of errors by Dartmouth, especially when catching high balls. However, against the run of play, the home side kicked out from their 22 mtr line, the ball was kicked up field from the ground by Jack Gordon. Dartmouth winger Dan Greeno followed on and controlled the ball and dribbled it over the line to score. Converted by Luke Chase, to give Dartmouth's only score of the game.
After Dartmouth scored it was one way traffic, with the score at half time being 28-7
It did not get better in the second half for Dartmouth, who were just holding on.
There were some fine efforts by Dan Greeno and Captain Dingle, but it was not enough and the flood gates opened and Saracens appeared to score at will against a sluggish Dartmouth outfit.
Final Score Exeter Saracens 57. Dartmouth 7.
Saracens. Paul Edwards (T) 3. Tom Savage (T) 3. Jamie Broadbent (T)
Aidan Mason (T) Tyler Hickman (T)
Conversions by Dom Lovesy.
Conversion. Luke Chase.
Dartmouth Team Manager Andrew Tomkinson said after the game,
"Yes, the conditions were bad, but it was the same for both teams. We were not at full strength and still have key players out injured. To be honest, we were very happy to get 15 players out on the pitch at this moment in time.
The club are delighted for Benjamin Bruckner, who at only 17 years of age , made his debut for the club at fullback. He was thrown in at the deep end, but tackled well in difficult conditions. He is certainly a youngster to watch out for in the future.
We now look forward to the visit of Newquay at home on Saturday 2nd Feb. Kick off is at 2.30pm and we hope that the community will come and support their local club"
Dartmouth RFC would like to thank "Keith" from the Sportsmans Arms who has kindly agreed to Sponsor the Dartmouth V Newquay game .
C/O Dartmouth Rugby Football Club.
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