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Devils are Exilecised!

Kent Exiles 32 - Norwich Devils 6

04-04-2005

The Kent Exiles travelled to Norwich to face the Devils in the kick-off weekend of the 2005 BAFL season, and returned home having exorcised the demons of never having beaten the Devils before, with a comprehensive victory.

Exiles running back, Stuart Muir, in action

Exiles running back, Stuart Muir, in action

The Exiles dominated the game from the outset, their potent offence for once found it’s feet at the start of a season, and began churning out the yardage. It was to be a huge day for the unit, racking up over 500 yards, and scoring five touchdowns, the first of which came on a first quarter pass from Matt Duncan to the 2004 league leading receiver, Grahame Warby, from 15 yards out and an early 6-0 Exiles lead.

The Exiles defence, which had been re-vamped in the off-season under new defensive co-ordinator Nigel Hadley’s tutelage, also showed signs that it was to be a force to be reckoned with in 2005. Paul Samartin stood out and led the unit in tackles on the day, and soon had the Exiles offence the ball back. The Exiles were driving behind some inspired running from Great Britain trialist Stewart Muir, who finished the day with a club record 239 yards from just 14 carries. His work soon led to a 12-0 lead following Duncan’s second touchdown strike of the day, this time to Alex Campbell from 13 yards out. A third touchdown came on Matt Duncan’s 1 yard run and rounded out the scoring in the half, and the Exiles held an 18-0 lead.

The Exiles were unlucky to not extend their lead on the opening kick-off of the second half, as for the second season running Alex Campbell had a return called back on a penalty, this seemed to effect the Exiles for a while, and the offence could not find it’s rhythm. The Defence also uncharacteristically gave away a series of silly penalties, leading to the Devils only score of the game on a 10-yard pass. Michael Turner blocked the point after attempt, and it was 18-6 to the Exiles.

The Exiles Defence held the Devils to a single score

The Exiles Defence held the Devils to a single score

A Turner interception then gave the Exiles the ball back early in the 4th quarter, and the Exiles took control of the game once more. More elusive Muir running interspersed by the hard nosed style of former Essex Spartan Garry Dillon, led to the former Essex man rumbling in from 2 yards out and a 24-6 lead. Muir capped his superb performance late on with a 26-yard reception from backup quarterback Simon Mackerill, after which Dillon added the 2-point conversion for the final 32-6 scoreline. After the game Exiles head coach Phil Wood commented, "I’ve been with this club for 5 seasons now, and I can’t remember a better opening season performance than that. We’ve still got a lot of rough edges to work out, and special teams needs some work, but to come to a class team like Norwich and win like that was very satisfying".

The Exiles now have a 2-week gap before travelling to Basildon to face the Essex Spartans, a fixture that has always proved a closely fought affair over the past few seasons.

Summary of scoring:

1st Quarter – Grahame Warby 15yd reception from Matt Duncan, 1 PAT no good

2nd Quarter – Alex Campbell 13yd reception from Matt Duncan, 1 PAT no good – Matt Duncan 1yd Run, 1 PAT no good

3rd Quarter – Norwich Devils 10yd reception

4th Quarter – Garry Dillon 2yd run, 1 PAT no good - Stewart Muir 26yd reception from Simon Mackerill, Garry Dillon 2 PAT good.

Most Valuable Players:

Offensive –Paul Pester, offensive lineman

Defensive –Michael Turner, defensive back

Special Teams – Alex Campbell, KO Returner

 

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