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Exiles Lose Game and Divisional Lead

Southern Sundevils 13-6 Kent Exiles

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The Kent Exiles tasted defeat for the second time in 2008 on Sunday, and in doing so also lost their lead in the divisional table.

In a game where the Exiles never seemed to get started, the Southampton based Sundevils took advantage thanks to a great defensive effort which stifled the mistake plagued Exiles offence.

Rob Stewart, the Exiles offence one bright spot

The Exiles got on the board first, a good drive in the first quarter was expertly finished by Rob Stewart with a 22 yard tackle breaking run, it was the one bright spot of the Exiles offence for the day, and Stewart went on to record his third straight 100 yard rushing game, finishing with 112 yards on 20 carries.

The Sundevils struck back in the second quarter, a sustained drive down the pitch saw them take the lead when they converted their point after following a 6 yard touchdown run, and it was 7-6 at halftime.

Both teams cancelled each other out effectively in the second half, the Exiles defence gave no quarter, and led by rookie linebacker Joe Alexis’ 15 tackles kept the Sundevils offence at bay. But then a huge play saw some poor tackling allow the Sundevils to return an Exiles punt 46 yards for a touchdown to break the run of defensive stands, and give them the final score of 13-6.

Despite threatening late on in the game the Exiles could not rescue the victory, and now are dragged back into the mire which is BAFL Division 1 south.

Following the game Exiles Head Coach Norman Navarro commented “We struggled on offence today, we just could not find a spark and mistakes killed us in the end. The defence was again in great form, but we need to start moving the ball more fluently, and making the most of our opportunities”.

The Exiles now have to bounce back immediately as the Sundevils visit Crockenhill on Sunday week. Full details of the Exiles season can be found at

Scoring Summary
1Q – Exiles Rob Stewart 22 yard run
2Q – Sundevils 6 yard run, PAT good
3Q – Sundevils 46 yard punt return

Selected Exiles Game Statistics

Aaron Griffiths - 4 of 16 for 26 yards, 4 Int

Rob Stewart – 20 for 112 yards, 1TD
Stewart Muir – 6 for 8 yards
Andre Becker – 2 for 7 yards

Ryan Kelly – 2 for 2 yards
Sean Starwind – 1 for 19 yards
Rob Welling – 1 for 5 yards

Joe Alexis – 15 tackles, 1 sack
Paul Samartin – 9 tackles, 1 blocked PAT, 1 fumble recovery
Aaron Alexis – 8 tackles, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery
Mark Vickers – 6 tackles
Steve Morrison – 5 tackles
Ololade Balogun – 4 tackles, ½ sack, 1 blocked punt
Carl Cahoon – 3 tackles, 1 pass defence, 1 INT for 10 yards


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