On the 5th of October the KCL first team travelled down south to face Exeter for the first competitive game of the season. After an encouraging win on the weekend against the alumni, the boys were hoping to build on their momentum and carry on the positive start to the season. Despite the Exeter supporters creating a hostile environment, the opening quarter saw good offensive and defensive spells for both sides, and after twenty minutes the deadlock had still not been broken. As the intensity grew, spaces began to appear and Exeter started to build a lead, but accurate kicking from Barney Meadowcroft and an explosive try by Sam Ridgway kept KCL withintwo scores at half time.
The second half began similar to the first, with KCL displaying passion in defence whilst still offering a threat in attack, and at about the 50 minute mark Gus Thomas capitalised on an Exeter mistake forced by strong KCL defence and ran in a try under the posts, reducing Exeter’s lead to just one point.
Exeter responded effectively and managed to score soon after the restart, killing KCL’s momentum. Exeter’s impressive organisation, discipline and individual class then began to show, running in a series of tries putting the game out of reach despite the best defensive efforts of KCL. A series of injuries to key players including Barney did little to help the cause and Exeter eventually came away with the victory. Nonetheless the KCL boys provided some excellent passages of play against a very impressive Exeter side, a positive sign for the rest of the season.