Chiefs end season on a winning note


SIDMOUTH 1st XV  37  v  PENRYN 1st XV 28


A sparkling first half performance by the Chiefs set up a winning end to the season against visitors Penryn. A second half fightback by the Cornishmen provided a scare before the reliable boot of skipper Dan Retter sealed the victory


The Chiefs started in fine style with an excellent handling move following a turnover at a ruck in the second minute to take play deep into Penryn territory. When Dan Powell ran back a clearance kick to set up a ruck on the 22, the ball was quickly recycled and Tom Seward took an inside pass from Dan Retter to cut through for try converted by Retter.


When Penryn spilt the ball in a tackle on the Sidmouth 22, Charlie Cotton scooped it up and made ground  before sending James Powell on a sprint from halfway. He beat two defenders on his way to touching down near the posts. Dan Retter added the conversion.




Penryn showed they were were not there to make up the numbers with two scores in quick succession. A penalty kicked by the fly half was followed by a try from the inside centre, who burst through the middle following a scrum inside the Sidmouth 22. The conversion narrowed the gap to four points.




The Chiefs replied with a second try by James Powell following another Dan Retter inside pass. He wrong footed the cover defence to score under the posts and Retter converted.




A well-struck penalty kept the visitors in the game, but Retter restored the 11 point advantage before a splendid try in injury time opened up comfortable 31-13 interval lead. Giles Dixon on the left wing finished off a fine handling move after a long period of pressure in the Penryn half. Dan Retter’s conversion was followed by the half time whistle.




Penryn tightened up their game after the break, keeping play close to the forwards. The fly half kicked a third penalty soon after the restart. Then a period of pressure was rewarded when the hooker forced his way over from a ruck on the line for an unconverted try.




Penryn continued to keep play in the Sidmouth half and, with 15 minutes to go, the scum half dummied his way over from a ruck near the line. The conversion narrowed the gap to just three points.




Two Dan Retter penalties, the second from the halfway line, calmed the nerves of the Sidmouth supporters.




Penryn were soon back on the attack, but a superb move from a scrum five metres from their own line took play 70 metres upfield and the Chiefs managed to keep the visitors at long range to see out the closing minutes safely.