CHIEFS STRUGGLE IN MUD AGAINST PAIGNTON

SIDMOUTH 10 v PAIGNTON 12
 
Heavy rain an hour before the kick-off severely reduced the chances of flowing rugby. On a semi-aquatic surface running was difficult and the wet ball eluded the grasp. Sidmouth had the consolation of scoring the only try of the game when the Paignton fullback fielded Dan Retter's kick but omitted to call the mark. George Locke's tackle flattened him and Rory O'Brien was on hand to gather the loose ball and dive over. Retter converted to give Sidmouth a 7-0 lead in the twelth minute. Paignton quickly established that the Sidmouth scrum was weak to non-existent and used this as a platform to control the game for long periods and to force Sidmouth into conceding penalties,two of which they converted. The half finished with Sidmouth pressing strongly. A strong run out of defence by Ethan Mead was carried on by Luke Wells-Burr and Rory O'Brien but the Paignton defence held firm to leave the half-time score 7-6 to Sidmouth.
 
As pitch conditions deteriorated in the second half the advantage moved inexorably in favour of the Paignton forwards. Sidmouth's courageous tackling at and around the breakdown denied Paignton a try with Asa Unsworth, Cameron Grainger and Henry Thomas being noteworthy in this department. Sidmouth briefly took the lead with a penalty by Retter but Paignton sensibly stuck to their winning formula and applied a stranglehold in the Sidmouth 22 until the winning penalty was awarded in their favour.
 
Henry Thomas was the Dukes Sidmouth Man of the Match.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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