Fish­er­man ‘mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion’ in­sists Wor­thing­ton

RUGBY UNION ROUND-UP

Herald Express - - Marketplace - BY CON­RAD SUT­CLIFFE

BRIX­HAM’S run of Devon der­bies con­tin­ues this Sat­ur­day when they make the short trip to Ex­mouth.

The Fish­er­men de­feated Uni­ver­sity of Ex­eter 22-10 on Sat­ur­day af­ter­noon to move up to fifth in the South West Pre­mier ta­ble.

That was the first of four suc­ces­sive der­bies for Brix­ham, who go to Ex­mouth this week then face Ivy­bridge (H) and New­ton Ab­bot (A) be­fore the Christ­mas break.

Re­place­ment scrum-half Jamie Hext scored a late, fourth try against the Uni­ver­sity to earn Brix­ham the fifth bonus point.

The Stu­dents are not field­ing the same sort of all-con­quer­ing sides that swept them to pro­mo­tion from South West One last sea­son – but had the se­cond-best scor­ing record in the di­vi­sion go­ing into the game.

Martin Wor­thing­ton, Brix­ham’s coach, said a game plan was drawn-up to com­bat the threat from the Stu­dents and by and large it paid off.

Wor­thing­ton said when er­rors did creep in, the team adapted to deal with them.

“We ex­pected the Uni­ver­sity to come and play their sys­tems, and for us not to have the ball for long pe­ri­ods of time,” said Wor­thing­ton.

“Their sys­tems would only be as good as we let them, so the more pres­sure we put them un­der in de­fence the less ef­fec­tive they would be.

“We came out the blocks fly­ing and scored two early tries, but Ex­eter cap­i­talised on silly mis­takes which let them creep back in the game. Our de­fence was out­stand­ing.

“We dug deep, sac­ri­ficed for each other and were very com­fort­able with­out the ball.

“It was very pleas­ing as our re­ac­tion from the mis­takes was very good.

Wor­thing­ton added: “We still have lots of work to do – but we are go­ing in the right di­rec­tion.”

Two tries in the first five min­utes – one each for JP Si­mon­etti and Tom Maclean – set Brix­ham on their way. Mitch Pinkus con­verted one.

The schol­ars got back to 12-10 down at the break and it stayed that way un­til Con­nor Bed­well scored for Brix­ham on the hour. Hext’s try two min­utes from time wrapped things up.

Mean­while, Brix­ham have strength­ened their front-row op­tions by sign­ing Navy Un-

Brix­ham beat Ex­eter Uni­ver­sity on Sat­ur­day in their run of games against Devon sides in the South West Pre­mier der-23 prop Kai Al­ton, who will make his de­but for the Fish­er­men against Ex­mouth on Sat­ur­day.

Al­ton has pre­vi­ously played for Mid­lands One side Malvern.

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