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On paper, Exmouth are one of the promotion favourites after an impressive finish to last season. After this performance, they look to be favourites on the pitch as well, having used superior strength and pace in a first half which saw Malvern struggle to compete. Relentless pressure from the kick off took the visitors deep into the Malvern half and several phases of forward recycling ended with flanker Bargent going over for the opening score in the third minute. Four minutes later Malvern didnít release in the tackle and stand-off Powell put over a penalty from 40 metres and Exmouth were running the ball back at the Spring Lane outfit from all over the park. With an unfamiliar front row due to injuries and unavailability, Malvern struggled at the first scrum and lost the ball on their own put-in, Exmouth switched the ball about between the back row players and Powell was on hand to follow up and go over in the corner.

Malvern finally got into the Exmouth half, winning a penalty soon after Dixon had been cynically taken out. Tom Hale pulled back the 3 points, but Exmouth went further ahead after a loose ball was hacked on and prop Savage was on hand to pick up and score, Powell converting. Malvern gamely fought back into the gamely, but the Devonians forced them into kicking the ball away with relentless pressure. When Malvern infringed at a 5 metre scrum, scrum half Garner took a quick tap and go to claim the bonus point and give Powell and easy conversion on the stroke of half time.

After the break, Malvern came out in more positive mood and took the game to the visitors, who had to battle defensively to halt the advancing men in maroon. The home forwards played more of a possession game, patiently making inroads with a succession of pick and drive moves. This finally paid off in the 56th minute when the Exmouth defence was sucked in and Malvern put quick ball out to the backs for Ieuan Mustow to burst through the middle to score and Hale to convert. As Malvern continued to improve, they had more territory and possession until a loose ball was picked up by Exmouth and fed to winger Tom Kill. He had recently played for Exeter Chiefs in the JP Morgan Sevens, and it was easy to see why as he sped 60 metres down the wing to score and give Powell another simple conversion. Any hopes of a further Malvern revival disappeared as the Exmouth pack shut up shop effectively, camping in the Malvern 22 area until a gap appeared for centre Channing to score the final try in the corner.

The Exmouth side, featuring several players who had been playing at a higher level, were strong enough to post a warning to the rest of the league, whilst Malvern showed signs of improvement after a shaky first quarter in which most of the damage was done. Liam Hughesí men didnít give up and competed all the way through, but as always, if you donít have the ball, you donít score. With several high scoring results on the first day of the season, little can be read into the form book yet, and Malvern will hope to improve on the visit to London Irish Wild Geese this Saturday.

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