Met tasks head on

15:55 23 November 2012

Team

Team

Archant

Brixham 5, Sidmouth 36

Exeter Chiefs 24, Sidmouth 7

Following the excellent performance at Teignmouth, Sidmouth U16s had two hard challenges - Brixham away in the cup and Exeter Chiefs away in the league, writes John Hamill.

They met them both head on by playing good rugby, working for each other and refusing to back down. The game plan for the Brixham match was for the forwards to gain quick possession and let the three quarters run which was largely achieved due to some sharp work by Harrison Astley-Jones at scrum half, Dan Powell controlling things at 10 and some good interventions from captain Reid Mawdesley at full back.

The pack was required to work hard to get to the wide breakdowns but put in a strong shift asserting their dominance in both scrum and lineout.

New player Ollie Bond started well, stretching his legs for a well deserve try alongside two from Sam Smith and one each from Reid Mawdesley, Harrison Astley-Jones and Kyle Baker. Brixham’s only response was a forwards’ try half way through the second half and obvious relief when the whistle was blown for the end of the match. The result for Sidmouth means a cup quarter final game in the new year.

The Exeter match was always the bigger challenge as they have a large, well-drilled squad and were able to introduce fresh players throughout the match.

Sidmouth started strongly with a try from Mawdesley in the first five minutes which settled the team and gave cause for great expectations from the parents and coaches. Sidmouth’s scrum operated under pressure throughout, making clean possession difficult, however, intelligent tactical play gave Sidmouth significant territorial advantage. This advantage was not, unfortunately, turned into points despite some very close efforts. In defence Sidmouth stood up extremely well with Sam Smith, Bradley Reiff-Arnold and Lewis Horne very much to the fore and at the final whistle a very tired Sidmouth team held their heads high.

Sidmouth emerge from these matches a closer, committed team with the ability to play competitive rugby in both league and cup. They need to find the finishing touch to earn their just rewards.

Other Sport Stories

13 minutes ago

Feniton met Newton St Cyres for the second time in as many weeks and, whereas the Acland Park encounter proved to be a comfortable afternoon for the home side, this contest was a lot closer with Fenny eventually winning 6-3.

Read more
11:58

Brixington United Under-8s were unbeaten in matches against Stoke Hill and Alphington.

Read more
11:58

Brixington Blues Under-8s were comfortable 6-0 winners when they met Alphington.

Read more
11:57

Half-term week was an exciting time for Reuben Buss at North Hill airfield, when he became the latest Devon and Somerset Gliding Club (DSGC) junior member to fly solo, writes Jill Harmer.

Read more
09:27

Beer Albion enjoyed a comfortable 4-0 victory over bottom-of-the-table Bow at the Furzebrake, with striker Chris Long scoring all four goals, writes Richard Honnor.

Read more
09:27

Budleigh Salterton Reserves were thumped 6-0 at Greenway Lane by visiting Dawlish United when the sides met to contest Macron League Division Two points, writes SpursTom.

Read more
09:27

Honiton Youth Under-14s were excellent value for a 1-1 draw with table-topping, and free-scoring North Tawton.

Read more
39 minutes ago

Striker returns to the side to set up welcome 3-1 win at Mill Road

Read more
Yesterday, 20:59

Being a summer sport, it is hard for triathlon competitors to stay focused on their training through the long, dark, damp winter months, writes Ellie Dominey.

Read more
Yesterday, 20:59

Honiton Rhinos Under-9s had the luxury of a full squad of 10 for their last action which saw them travel to Exmouth.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 9°C

Most Read Sport

Place a family notice

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Find a job in Devon



Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

FFind planning applications