Chiefs end losing run in style against Oldfield OB


The Chiefs ended their three match losing streak in style against Oldfield Old Boys, scoring six tries to notch up another bonus point and move to a mid-table position.

This was a real team performance with the tight five forwards providing a platform for the powerful back row combination of the Pyne brothers and Sam Richardson to blast holes in the defence. The backs were in good form also, with Dukes man-of-the-match Zack Bess outstanding at full back in only his second game.

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Sidmouth were twelve points up in less than five minutes as they caught the visitors cold with two excellent tries. A well-executed backs move following a lineout stretched the defence and Ollie Pyne supported well to finish the move off. The try was unconverted. Straight from the restart kick Sam Richardson and Ollie Pyne made powerful runs before sending Zack Bess sprinting in from 60 metres. Tom Whelan added the conversion.

The Oldfield fly half kicked a penalty before Jack Pyne powered his way over for try number three following a lineout peel. Again Whelan converted. Then old problems resurfaced as the Chiefs conceded a series of penalties, which allowed Oldfield to build up momentum and work their way into attacking positions. They kicked one penalty into the corner and mauled their way over from the resulting lineout for the number eight to touch down.

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Sam Meadham made a splendid try-saving tackle after an interception looked certain to produce a try. Unfortunately the wingman was injured in the process, and Ollie Pyne was yellow carded for killing the ball in the resulting ruck. Oldfield profited from the disruption when a forward to drove over following a quick tap penalty. The conversion made the halftime score 19-15, with the Old Boys right back in the game.

The Chiefs upped their game after the restart to draw away once again. Tom Whelan kicked two penalties either side of a James Leat try. Dan Retter carved the opening after Oldfield had failed to catch a high kick. Tom Whelan converted.

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A few minutes later James Leat turned creator when he came in from the blindside to split the defence. He was brought down just short of the line, but the ball was quickly recycled and the move was finished off by Zack Bess. The try was converted.

Despite the 24 point gap, Oldfield refused to lie down, and hit back with a try by the full back in the right corner following a quick tap penalty.

The Chiefs made sure there would be no late come-back when Ollie Pyne powered his way over from a tap penalty move at the other end. Whelan again converted.

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Oldfield produced a late surge to earn a bonus point when their number eight finished off a fine handling move. The conversion was followed by the final whistle.