Colts give dominant scrummaging performance

Sidmouth Colts     11    -     3    Okehampton Colts

This was a tight and exciting game which went right to the wire, but the Sidmouth victory was not enough to put them through over the two legs of this Devon Plate quarter-final and the aggregate score of 30 - 27 to Okehampton means they progress.

Both sets of players will be better for the experience under the pressure of a game like this. For Sidmouth composure and execution at key times may well have seen them through. Defensively Sidmouth were effective and accurate, but in attack they can look back at two or three key moments which could, fairly easily, have been handled better.

Another dominant scrummaging performance laid a great platform, and though it was always tight in midfield with the Okey 10 a constant threat, Sidmouth did seem to have the edge in terms of creativity.  In the backs, Locke and Wells-Burr both had super games and Cotton scored a good try. The pick of the forwards was Christian Edbroke whose tackling and offloads were highlights of the game.


OKEHAMPTON      27   -   16      SIDMOUTH


Okehampton and Sidmouth Colts have some 'history' having shared the county cup last season, so it is  "game on" this weekend at the Blackmore for Sidmouth who entertain Okehampton in the return leg of the Devon Plate quarter-final with an 11 point deficit to make-up. Sidmouth dominated scrum time and finished the game strongly with a line-out catch-and-drive to restrict the Okey lead to just two scores.

Okey were committed and physical but by half time Sidmouth  had a well deserved lead but had to defend an inevitable Okey onslaught with the wind and slope to their advantage.  Okehampton scored a couple of soft tries due to disorganization in the Sidmouth midfield and slack defence off a scrum gave a simple blindside run-in. With some good preparation this week and a number of senior  colts available for the return leg, Sidmouth can look forward to an exciting home game.  

Sidmouth Colts take the lead !

SIDMOUTH COLTS      37    -    7      TIVERTON COLTS


Sidmouth Colts take a useful lead into the second leg of this Devon Plate match away at Tiverton on Saturday, but they will feel they could play better and if they are to progress in this competition they will need to be tougher and more clinical.

After a disjointed first 25 minutes when Sidmouth threw away several opportunities to take the lead, they went behind to a sniping try by the impressiveTiverton scrum-half. By half time Sidmouth had re-grouped and worked-out that by playing accurately through phases they could build pressure and create space. Good decision making and simple passing would do the rest and six tries followed, all to outside backs.

Fly half, Dominic Bess, had an excellent game with good defence, distribution and tactical kicking. Outside him, George Locke was the pick of the backs. His tackling contained the Tiverton midfield and his running angles and passing created space for the players around him. Winger Tom Stokes showed sharp finishing and he deserved his two tires. At scrum-half Astley-Jones is improving with each game and in the forwards Perchard-Richards, Lewis Horne, Pares, Carlisle, James Thomas, Hansford and Haydon Down all showed well.

The scoring was completed by Dan Powell, Reid Mawdsley and Charlie Cotton. Charlie is one of three colts regularly playing for the first team this season. Last week he was with the Chiefs in Gloucester where he scored two tries against Coney Hill. Returning to play for the Colts he looks mature, confident and full of potential and he is a great example for the excellent upcoming juniors in the club.

Colts win with improved scrummaging performance

Tiverton Colts   0   -   39   Sidmouth Colts


Firstly congratulations to Colts Harry Rumens, Jake Tansley and Joe Herbert who all played for the Sidmouth 2nd XV and each took a big step in their rugby development.  Going forward this season the coaches aim to play more colts in the 2nd XV so they are well prepared for the transition to the adult game. On Saturday the Sidmouth Colts went through to the business end of the Devon Plate with a victory against a Tiverton side who were committed and worthy opposition over the two legs.

This win was possible with a much improved scrummaging performance, lead by Sam Carlisle and Christian Edbrooke in the second row, and impressive concentration and commitment in defence to contain Tiverton around the fringes of the breakdown. Astley Jones had another good game at scrum half and the Sidmouth midfield of Goddard, Locke and the impressive Reid worked well. As the game progressed Sidmouth improved and ended-up comfortable winners. Tries were scored by Cotton [3], Reid [2] and flankers Horne and Hansford. 

Devon Colts Cup. First Round. First Leg.

Barnstaple      29     -     18    Sidmouth

This season each round of the Devon Colts cup is played over two legs and away at Barnstaple two second half tries by Charlie Cotton give Sidmouth Colts a chance to progress but the north Devon team’s handy 11 point lead makes them favorites in the second leg which is played in Sidmouth on 30th November.

Sidmouth started well, turned-over possession from the kick-off and kept pressure on the home side to win a penalty which Harry West converted to take an early lead. But Barnstaple were soon into their stride with good physicality around the breakdown and a rush defence which kept Sidmouth on the back foot. With both sides fully committed the action was end to end, but fair to say that on the day Barnstaple kept the ball and used their possession more effectively than Sidmouth and well deserve the win.

This week the Colts play Bideford at home in a friendly which will be a great opportunity for those who didn’t make the Cup team, and with a couple of players due back from injury there is plenty to play for.