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Warriors Leave Exiles In Their Wake

Kent Exiles 12-56 South Wales Warriors

27-05-2012

The Kent Exiles traveled to Cardiff this weekend to take on last year’s Division 2 champions, the South Wales Warriors, and on one of the hottest days of the year , with a depleted squad, came home losing.

The game started with both teams moving the ball freely, the Warriors scored first on an 11 yard run, but the Exiles hit back straight away when Zac Ritchie found Jon Miller with a 29 yard pass, which was fumbled as he was tackled, and scooped up by Colin Chislett who scampered the rest of the way to the endzone for the touchdown.

The Warriors hit straight back, this time on an 8 yard pass, but once again the Exiles came back with a nice drive led by Ritchie, who found Miller and Wesley Eversley with passes, but once the endzone was in sight the Warriors intercepted Ritchie to end the drive, and immediately hit the Exiles for 6 with a 66 yard pass for the score. The speed of the Warriors then hit the Exiles hard, and they quickly scored twice more before half time.

The second half saw the Exiles come out refocused, and start the second half with a great drive. Ritchie found Miller, Chislett, Ben Abbott and Ennis Alhashimi with successive passes, and Eversley then finished the drive off with a 1 yard run for the score. Just as the Exiles saw some hope it was snuffed out by the Warriors though, as they blocked the point after attempt and returned it all the way for 2 more points.

The Warriors then scored twice more to round out the game, as the Exiles used the fourth quarter to get their less experienced players some valuable game time with the result not in doubt.

Following the game Exiles stand in Head Coach Alastair Beaton commented "It's a shame we couldn't get the win for Coach Bainbridge today, and we hope he's well enough to be back on the sidelines next weekend. We'll use this week to refocus, we did some good things today, especially on offence, but we need to be quicker and stronger to compete for longer when the going does get tough like today".

The Exiles next play this weekend back at home at Oxford Road in Sidcup versus the Hampshire Thrashers, kickoff is at 2.30pm and full details can be found at www.kentexiles.co.uk

 

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