The Exiles’ opponents have been a consistent contender at the highest level of the UK game for several years and would prove to be a great test and learning opportunity for the newly promoted Kent side.
The game began with both defenses making immediate impact. Defensive linemen Lee Morgan, Phil Dewhurst, Andrew Stock and James Webb made it tough for the Blitz to run the ball all day, whilst junior graduate Savior Onuorah returned to the fold this week, further bolstering the unit.
The Exiles offense would struggle for most of the first half but showed that plays could be made on this top-tier defense. Running backs Dan Exell, Wes Eversley and George Eghator ran the ball with relentless effort, proving that all three are worthy of play at this highest level.
The second half opened with an offensive resurgence from the Exiles. QB James Cook would look to receiver Tom Lee early and often, as the Exiles marched down the field on their first possession. These efforts would later be rewarded by Dan Exell, who scampered into the endzone for an impressive touchdown in the 3rd quarter.
The Exiles defensive backs looked to continue their dominance in 2019, this week led by Ian Whitehead who finished the day with another two interceptions on the season. Whitehead’s former junior teammate Joe Jebb would also make his presence felt, as he worked with fellow linebackers Joe Alexis and Theo Coleman-Brown to keep the Blitz running backs to minimal yardage all day.
Despite great individual efforts and great support, the Exiles would come up short in this one, with the Blitz taking the win by a score of 42-7. It proved to be a great learning curve for the Exiles, with lessons they look to take with them this week as they take on the reigning champion London Warriors.