A week after the Demons impressive victory over Aberystwyth Tarranau, we headed up to face our divisional rivals Swansea Titans, a thorn in our side over recent seasons. Swansea dashed our playoff hopes last season and the season prior defeated us in the semi-finals of the BUCS trophy. A tough, physical fixture was to be expected.
On the first drive of the game, Demons linebacker Kean Harris found himself on the bottom of a pile of players and required spinal injury treatment which delayed the game for almost an hour. Thankfully Kean has escaped with minimal damage, and I would like to thank Swansea staff and Team Medic for their attention to our player. Upon the restart of play, the Demons managed to halt the first Swansea to drive, but unfortunately this was not to be the last of the injuries inflicted on the Demons defence. Our offence ran the ball hard, but against a well drilled and big Titans defence first downs couldn’t be produced frequently enough and the Exeter Demons’ defence found themselves on the field too often. The final score was Titans 30, Demons 0.
Despite the score line, the lads and coaches can take plenty of positives from the performance. Our offence ran the ball hard for forty-eight minutes and our O-line were consistently making big blocks down the field. Our defence managed to give plenty of playing time to freshers who will have gained invaluable experience against one of the strongest outfits in the country, and when forced to adapt to injuries and move players into new positions everybody show the character that will still produce a strong season for the Demons.
Our next fixture sees us return to Wales to face the Cardiff Cobras this Sunday 15th November. Lessons have been learned, we go again.