A beautiful Sunday morning and a visit to the Exeter youth and two very hard games, The first game saw us at our best a strong defence was in the face of Exeter from the off backed up with some fierce tackling had them on the back foot, With our defence in place our runners cut loose with Finlay Fraser running in a brace, Not that this stopped Exeter who never quite but a 5 , 1 win in the end.
The second game was a fierce game from the start the only tried of the first half coming in the last min, The second half was Exeter we lost our focus and started missing tackles and we were punished with a number of soft tries, ( you can't win them all) Great work from the whole team and no complaints from me, great stuff from you all.
Awards from this team
Who has been playing some awesome rugby this season and today was no different big hits all day.
Getting better each week with some meaningful runs and putting in a good shift in defence,, you never stop trying Sam, keep it up The day ended in a draw well done all..
Game 1, Topsham started slowly and never really got going in this lopsided affair. Our defence could not contain two strong runners from Exeter Youth who broke our defensive line time and time again. The home team started strongly and ran in a total of six tries without reply. We need to learn how to stop key opposition players from playing and the importance of maintaining our defensive structure and line speed when not in possession. Topsham often had good field position but lost a number of rucks before they could turn their good possession into points.
Game 2, The team rallied well, they discussed what went wrong in the previous game and agreed how they would put it right in the second. Jayden was the first to cross the whitewash, closely followed by Felix and Frankie in the first half. Topsham ran straight and passed the ball out wide when the time was right. Ed Ford and Jo ran in two further tries after the break and it was all smiles at the final whistle winning 5 tries to one.
The major difference between the two games was communication and leadership. In the first game the team were silent and heads dropped following the opening scores. The second game was a stark contrast with much shouting and encouragement from all involved. Man of the match Felix was key to the organisation improvement and was rewarded by a fine try. Jayden's try sparked our comeback and showed what can be achieved by straight determined running. Jayden's was rewarded by the pleasure of Sir Dave the Duck this week for his troubles. Topsham appear to learn more from their defeats than their victories and on balance it was pleasing to see the team triumph in the face of adversity.