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Saturday January 23, 2009

Park Lane

National Division One

Richie Baxter led his side out against the Tigers in a game that saw him equal the record 275 appearances of big brother Rob. Taking the kick-off, Exeter saw the ball go straight to touch and opted for a scrum on halfway. From the scrum, Baxter picked up and passed to Kevin Barrett and the ball found its way out for right wing Matt Jess to score within the first minute.

Secure possession from halfway was kicked to Sedgley Park who set up the attack only to kick to Paul McKenzie at full-back. The return kick put Sedgley into their own half where they conceded a penalty for holding on. Dissent from Sedgley Park gave Exeter another 10 metres. The ensuing lineout gave Exe the platform they needed but the Sedgley Park pack stole from the resultant ruck illegally with Chiefs opting for the scrum. Tom Johnson was the happy recipient of the points when he broke from the back of the resulting maul.

Sedgley Park then began attacking with some confidence, but knock-ons and turnovers thwarted their attempts to score. Once inside Exeters 22, the home side looked to press the advantage to take them into try-scoring territory. But even a five-metre scrum did not yield any points, as Sedgley were pushed back repeatedly by Chiefs to force a knock-on, giving Chiefs some relief with a clearance kick into Tigers territory. The resultant attack from Sedgley Park was negated by a forward pass and Exeter attacked at will from the scrum rapidly getting to within five metres before the opposition slowed the game down and stole possession. But unable to make the most of their opportunity, Sedgley Park were penalised for crossing with Danny Gray taking the three points.

Exeter found themselves penalised shortly after the restart with Sedgley Park opting to kick to touch. The lineout saw a penalty awarded to Chiefs only for it to be reversed when John Andress was sent to the sin-bin. He was followed shortly after by Barrett, but despite their two-man advantage, Sedgley Park failed to make the most of their opportunities to the point they also lost a player to a yellow card incident. .Chiefs took the opportunity at the scrum and Tom Hayes crossed in the far right in the final move of the half.

Restored to their full compliment at the start of the second half, Chiefs took the game by the scruff of the neck and worked the phases to put McKenzie over. Immediately, from the restart, Exeter surged forward and a chip over by replacement fly-half Gareth Steenson found Drauniniu to take the try.

With an almost copycat move, it looked like Drauninui had scored his second but he was penalised for impeding a defender and Sedeley Park cleared the danger and set up their own attack from a lineout to take them into the red zone. Opting for the driving game, Sedgley Park pressed hard against a resolute Exeter defence, eventually releasing the ball to the midfield for Tim Fourie to cross for a converted try.

Straight from the restart, Exeter moved the ball fast and wide to see replacement Sean Marsden cross for a try. A period of frenetic play followed with territorial kicking and turnover ball being the order of the day culminating with Sedgley Parks last concerted assault on Exeters line with the latter conceding penalties. A home lineout produced wide ball for Dewi OHare to break though to end the game.

By Gerrard Webster

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