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Wall is pleased with response

By Mid Devon Gazette  |  Posted: January 15, 2013

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CHRIS Wall was delighted with the response he got from his Cullompton players as they won 23-12 on the road against Oldfield Old Boys.

Last week the Stafford Park boss criticised his players for a lack of 'heart' as they crashed to a 20-19 defeat at home against Paignton.

But after speaking with the players during training last week, Wall saw his charges show their character and get back to winning ways.

After turning around 14-7 up, Cully had it all to do to hang on to the winning position playing into the wind and up the slope in the second half but they even managed to extend their advantage.

Wall said: "It was a good win in atrocious conditions.

"It was a really good performance after last week. It was everything I asked for.

"We talked on Tuesday and Thursday about playing for each other and playing for the club. That's what was missing against Paignton. Paignton wanted it more than we did but that's what we got on Saturday."

Scrum-half Tom Frankpitt and prop Marcus Roberts crossed for tries in the first half for Cullompton, both of which were converted by Adam Pearce.

The stand-in fly-half slotted three penalties from as many attempts after the break to close the game out and strengthen their hold on a place in the top six of South West One West.

Wall is looking for his players to show the same hunger in the remaining 10 league games of the season.

"I wasn't so concerned about the result as long as we played for each other and could be proud of our performance," he said.

"That has got to be what we look for from the rest of this season as well.

"So long as we trust each other, work hard, trust the leaders making decisions on the field and can be proud of our performance, if we are beaten by the better side then so be it.

"We don't want to be beaten by ourselves or by moaning at the referee, those are things we can control."

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