It was a extremely comfortable weekend for Exeter with big wins across the board only coming unstuck in the final against Bath 1. Some missed connections on their endzone options allowed bath to pull away and leave Exeter wondering if it really was the girls who carried them through that Mixed Regionals win.
This is their second consecutive year UWE qualified for Division 1 for them. Saturday saw them take a loss to Skunks 1 and throw them into a quarter-final against Bristol. UWE take a big win into the semi finals which saw them leading Exeter to start but they couldn’t hold onto it and have to fight for their spot at Division 1 Nationals. An outstanding performance from long standing UWE rock, Peter Rawlinson, sees them take the game away from their Devon based counterparts.
Bristol 1 had a rocky start to the weekend with some big comebacks to take clutch wins against some second teams. One thing they can’t do is beat those boys over at UWE. Two losses to their kryptonite sees them miss out on Division 1 and have to make the long trip to Scotland for Division 2.
Exeter 2 performed incredibly well at Mixed Indoor Regionals and have done one better down in Plymouth. They do a number on a well drilled Southampton side to take the last spot at Nationals, qualifying for Division 2. Two teams at nationals for the first time since 2013 for Exeter.
Southampton 1 suffered a tremendous fall from grace, with nothing but wins on a flawless Saturday to come out top of the group. Sunday finds that Bath are too much for the Skunks to handle, and this is the start of the end for Southampton. Subsequent losses to Bristol and Exeter 2. (that’s right Exeter 2) mean Southampton lose out on qualifying for nationals to a second team two years in a row.