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Wall takes the positives from Newton Abbot loss

By Mid Devon Gazette  |  Posted: November 13, 2012

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CULLOMPTON will look to take the positives out of their defeat to Newton Abbot in the Devon Senior Cup last weekend when they take on Wadebridge Camels on Saturday.

Despite the 33-8 loss, Cully head coach Chris Wall said he was pleased with the performance of his team.

Newton Abbot play in the league above Cully and their class showed in the end.

However, Wall was delighted that his side manage to frustrate their opponents in the first half to lead 8-7 at the break.

"We knew it was going to be tough," said Wall. "Everyone is very aware that in that league (National Three South West - the division Newton Abbot play in) you need to have good coaches, a good set of players and a good infrastructure, which Newton Abbot have.

"But we were very pleased with the way we started. We frustrated them first half, we combated their driving maul very well. In the last 10 minutes we were still throwing the ball around well and creating chances and getting in their 22. So we will go into the weekend's game against Wadebridge in a very positive frame of mind."

Wall made a number of changes to the side that beat Clevedon in the South West One League match the week before.

Paul Baker came in from wing to centre, while Greg Richards was called up from the second team to play at number nine. Nic Holt got Newton Abbot on the scoreboard early on as he picked up a Rob Avery-Wright chip to cross for a try that Avery-Wright converted.

However, Adam Pearce replied with a penalty for Cully, before Greg Lock finished off a good team move to put his side ahead. Newton Abbot replied in the second half with tries from Ed McGinley, James Tichias, Peter Mortimore to win the match, but Wall added that with Wadebridge playing in a similar style to Newton they will take a lot from the game. He also said that some of the fringe players have played themselves into contention for the game.

"We have obviously got to keep in mind that we had a very good win against Clevedon, so it is very difficult not to select a winning side. That is not to mean we are not going to be thinking of those guys that did play (against Newton Abbot). So selection on Tuesday will be interesting."

"We have had some good contest down there (at Wadebridge)," added Wall. "We think they are very similar to Newton Abbot. They have got a good pack and a good driving line-out. They normally have a good back row, with some hard running centres so it was good preparation for us.

"In the end the Wadebridge game is within our hands. We know if we apply ourselves, we are focussed and we play anywhere near to our potential we will definitely be in with a shout of coming away with a win."

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