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Wall delighted as Cully deal with weather well

By Mid Devon Gazette  |  Posted: November 27, 2012

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CULLOMPTON head coach Chris Wall praised his players for dealing with the conditions well as they beat bottom-of-the-table North Dorset on Saturday.

In windy and rainy conditions, Cullompton travelled to Dorset not sure if their South West One West fixture would get the go ahead.

However having had a talk with the players before they departed about approaching the match in the right frame of mind, Wall was delighted with the response his side gave.

Against the wind in the first half, they took the lead through a Henry Weekes try.

Dorset levelled the scores through Clive Tiffin, but Cully took a deserved half-time lead thanks to a try from Ross Toms.

In the second half, with the wind in their favour, Cully ran in four more tries without reply to collect five points that lifted them to third in the table.

Speaking about the performance, Wall said: "I thought we did really well.

"The first half was perhaps a little bit tighter than we wanted it to be. We had a couple of chances where we could have scored some tries and we didn't show enough accuracy or patience, but 10-5 up was good against the conditions.

"It was raining all the way through and we were against quite a heavy wind."

Wall said that they took a change of shirts with them to North Dorset and, having swapped colours at half-time, they ran in further scores through Adam Pearce, Weekes, Marcus Busch and Paul Baker.

"It was a bit like a fresh start (changing the shirts)," said Wall. "We went out in the second half and showed a lot more accuracy.

"It was cold and wet, but despite the conditions we played some very good rugby.

"There were a lot of mistakes, but we managed to keep the ball for long periods of time.

"The ball went through a lot hands as well, so it wasn't just the pick-and-goes that were effective, we were moving the ball.

"They (North Dorset) were very good at turning the ball over and getting players in as soon as our players went to deck. We were not close enough in the first half, but in the second half we put that right.

"We had the wind and we played the conditions a little bit better than they did, we kicked the ball into their corners and they only came into our half maybe three times in total."

Cully face league leaders North Petherton next, who have only lost one game all season in South West One West.

However, that is not until a week on Saturday as Cully have this weekend off.

Wall admits it is a well-earned rest for the players.

"We have got a couple of guys who are carrying a few knocks so it is an opportunity for them to recoup," he said.

"We have got some training sessions booked in sports halls, so we will try and do a lot of running to keep up the fitness, plenty of ball handling, but not to forget some contact things as well because we need to know that is working for us and we are committed at the break down.

"We are looking forward to the North Petherton game. We have got to be confident.

"We are getting some consistency into our performances, but that is not to say we are going to take them lightly. They are league leaders and have lost one game.

"But we won't have any fear, we have just got to play to our strengths which is doing the basics well and we will see where go from there."

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