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Exmouth Coach Hill still wants more despite 'dog fight' win

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: January 10, 2013

  • HEAD coach Jon Hill is looking for a sharper touch when Exmouth visit lowly Oxford Harlequins this Saturday

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HEAD coach Jon Hill is looking for a sharper touch when Exmouth visit lowly Oxford Harlequins this Saturday.

A 29-11 win over Old Patesians got the Cockles back in business and kept them second in the table behind London Irish Amateurs.

Hill wasn't too impressed by Pats' game plan, but felt the Cockles could have done better.

"Pats wanted a dog fight so of course I am pleased to beat them five tries to one and pick up a maximum," said Hill.

"I was pleased with the number of chances we created, but less pleased that we missed three or four gilt-edged opportunities when it would have been easier to score.

"There were a couple more elements around our performance which need some work, which will give us a focus at training for the next couple of weeks."

One thing Hill was pleased about was Exmouth's overall fitness. He said: "We set out to move Pats around the park early on and after we made inroads into them. That certainly bodes well for Oxford Harlequins."

Only super veteran Bob Armstrong will be missing from a full-strength Exmouth squad.

Exmouth had early tries on Saturday from Jack Downie and Jamie Harris, whose effort was converted by Andrew Powell.

By half-time the gap was 19-3 as Jon Fabian had gone over for Powell to convert.

Pats got back to 19-11, but that was as close as they got as tries from Tom Kill and Dave Bargent finished the game as a contest.

Newton Abbot play the fixture they would have liked a week earlier when Maidenhead visit this Saturday (2pm). Maidenhead are currently propping up the table with just one win so far, and they lost 62-21 to Newton in September.

After a three-week Christmas break, it would have been ideal for the All Whites, but instead they lost 55-17 at leaders London Irish.

"We are going from one extreme to the other this week – literally from top to bottom," said Newton's director of rugby Roy Henderson. "When we beat Exmouth two weeks before Christmas in our last league game, I said immediately after it would have been great to take the momentum from that game into London Irish straight away.

"Unfortunately, we had to wait three weeks and by the time we got to Sunbury events over Christmas had conspired against us.

"Josh Smith has since said he can't play until further notice due to work commitments – and he is our joint leading try scorer this season.

"Colin Stewart and Brett Stroud, two highly influential forwards, couldn't make the trip for personal reasons, which didn't help us either."

Newton's tries against the Exiles were scored by Ed McGinley (2) and Kevin Dennis. Rob Avery-Wright also managed to slot a solitary conversion.

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