Saturday 14 February 2015 – 4.30pm
Sandy Park, Exeter
Aviva Premiership #14
I was supposed to be getting some live rugby today at Kendal. Mrs L was out all morning and only got home about an hour before the 2pm kick-off, which wouldn’t really have been a problem but I knackered by back chopping wood this morning so I decided just to lie on the sofa and watch England v Italy instead.
That was an alright game, quite competitive in the first half as England couldn’t quite get their rhythm together, but in the second half the white shirts piled on the pressure and eventually the points.
I also tried to find the betting website that shows Premiership games, but couldn’t, so I had to settle for Radio Newcastle, which isn’t a bad alternative.
The game started badly for the Falcons and they were 10-0 down after just more than ten minutes thanks to Jack Nowell’s try and two kicks from Henry Slade. Tom Catterick and Slade traded penalties to leave us ten points down at the quarter point.
Things got worse for the Falcons, losing Scott Lawson to injury and then Slade scored the hosts’ second try. 18-3 L
It sounded like Exeter were pretty dominant for most of the game, and the Chiefs forwards almost got another try before a penalty try was awarded from a scrum. Things weren’t going very well at all.
Just a minute or so later Big Smithy made a familiar comment – penalty to Exeter, this time for slipped binding in a scrum. The way it was going, Exeter could’ve been looking for a big score, and they then got the bonus point try just before half-time through Thomas Waldrom.
32-3 at half-time, time for Dean Richards et al to earn some dough! There were some immediate changes with Alex Tait, Richard Mayhew and Dom Barrow all coming on as replacements, and we seemed to put some possession together in the first few minutes of the second period.
Just before the hour, we finally got a try when Ruki Tipuna sniped in, and Catterick’s difficult conversion brought the score to 32-10. With the second half going better, could we manage to steal a point?
Well, if we did it probably wouldn’t be a losing bonus point. Just afterward, Phil Dollman got Exeter’s fifth try, and the sixth soon followed. 46-10.
Just minutes before full-time, my internet connection died and I struggled to get up off the sofa to reset the modem! Pathetic really. Anyway, we got something else to cheer with Will Welch scoring a consolation try, converted by Catterick, so at least we got a couple of scores. 46-17 doesn’t make good reading though and it seems the Falcons were well and truly trounced.
I guess these things happen. Every team has a mare every now and then and today was one for us. I’m not sure who played well or not, I guess we’ll see when people start offering their opinions and the media reports are out.
Today is probably only the second time this season that we have been comprehensively outplayed for eighty minutes, the other being Northampton away in the cup, so no need to be too depressed. We have a winnable game against Wasps on Friday night, so we need to stay positive for that.
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