UGRFC 2nds 0-45 Exeter Match Report

A newly formed Gloucestershire seconds side, with a fresher’s front row battled hard against a tough Exeter opposition but the visitors ran away with the spoils winning 45-0 and scoring five tries before half-time.

Experience got the better of UGRFC at Oxstalls park on Wednesday as an experienced Exeter side dominated all aspects of the game to keep the home side to nil.

An early try from the West Country team following a driving maul knocked the confidence of the boys in blue as their defence started to crumble.

UGRFC showed positives when they had possession but found it hard to turn it into points and capitalise on any momentum and subsequently started to give away penalties which Exeter took full advantage of and following a UGRFC yellow card it became increasingly harder for the home side to hold out the visitors.

Despite UGRFC’s efforts the remaining four first half tries from Exeter came pretty easily after gaps in the defence and overlaps on the outside lead to Exeter scoring 31 unanswered points by half time.

Despite the score, the second half was a lot better from UGRFC.

UGRFC held Exeter’s attack well for parts of the second half and dug deep to avoid more tries being scored against them. However, after another yellow card for Gloucestershire a converted try soon came from the Exeter forwards as they walked over the try-line.

A final try by the visitors ended the scoring with just over ten minutes left to play and UGRFC did well to hold them to seven tries when they went down to 14 men for the remainder of the match when a red card was shown to one of the Gloucester players.

The final score 0-45.

UGRFC captain, Joel Young spoke following the defeat and praised his side’s efforts following a tough loss:

“We’ve got lots to work on, especially in defence. It was a tough game to start, they were a big bunch of boys.

“I thought the heart was there, when we had the ball are phases were coming together, our shape was there, I think we just need to be more aggressive in defence.

“Even though we lost, I thought the boys showed huge character to come through in that game and playing for the badge.

“It wasn’t the ideal result but we re-group on Sunday, heal up and go again.”


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