Cockles can't continue making glaring errors
EXMOUTH probably won't get away with another high error count when they entertain Redingensians this Saturday.
The Cockles were never at their best from start to finish at Oxford Harlequins last Saturday, but came good in the dying minutes to win 26-18.
Jon Hill, Exmouth's hard-to-please coach, said what was good enough to beat Quins won't be good enough against Redingensians.
"Some say it is the sign of a good side that can play badly and still win," said Hill.
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"If we are classed as a good side, then we showed very few signs of that in Oxford and can think ourselves lucky.
"We lacked precision and accuracy in a lot of our aspects of play, making a huge number of uncharacteristic errors.
"We won only seven of our own 13 line-outs, and made more than 15 handling errors in an error-strewn performance.
"Take nothing away from Oxford who have recruited heavily in the last couple of weeks, in an effort to stay up in this division, and were hard to break down.
"It is quite clear that we will need to improve on our accuracy against a side who are notorious for having a huge and well-organised forward pack."
Hill said there were plus points, starting with Exmouth's two newcomers, Naca Kinikinilau and Adam Higgins.
"The debuts were pleasing aspects to come from the game as well as the performance of Dave Bargent, who was pressed into starting on the wing following the late withdrawal of Tom Kill with a virus," said Hill.
Stuart Lowe, Bob Armstrong, Kill and Dale Sleeman all come back into the selection discussion this weekend.
Kinikinilau and Bargent scored the late tries that swung the game against Oxford. Earlier, Bargent and Jack Westlake went over.
Newton Abbot head for Malvern this Saturday looking to put a winning run together.
The All Whites predictably defeated bottom side Maidenhead last Saturday, running up a 57-5 win.
It was just the pick-me-up Newton Abbot needed after being on the end of a 50-pointer at London Irish last week.
Malvern is a game Newton will expect to win, although probably by a lesser margin.
"The problem with games like Maidenhead is we are expected to win them and unless you win them well people can be a bit dismissive about the result," said Newton's director of rugby Roy Henderson.
"We played some good stuff and the fact we scored nine tries says it all really.
"After our last defeat at Avonmouth we went on to win the next three games. My hope is we are on the same springboard now."
Pete Mortimore banked a try hat-trick and there were scores for Will Taverner, Nic Holt (2), Kevin Dennis, Ed McGinley and a penalty try in the final tally.