Sidmouth Colts Versus Newton Abbot Colts
7 - 39
As with last week the sun was shining and conditions were perfect for the Colts game that saw Sidmouth host Newton Abbot Colts.
The game started and it was clear that both games played a similar brand of fast paced and expansive rugby. Scrums and breakdowns were eagerly contested and the physicality was a step up from the game the previous week.
The first score came from a huge tackle in midfield from Sidmouth which caused the ball to be spilled. Miles Lewis hacked the loose ball forward, controlled a second kick onwards over the tryline and won the race to dot down for a 5-0 lead. The conversion was duly slotted by Ed Cooper taking the score to 7-0. The perfect start.
Newton Abbot, responded with a slightly fortuitous but well taken try of their own. Sidmouth infringed, resulting in a long kick to touch for Newton Abbot. From the resulting line out Sidmouth contested, managed to get a hand to the ball but it still fell to one of the Newton Abbott forwards standing in the lineout who crashed over the line from 5 metres out despite the desperate defence. The subsequent conversion was missed.
Shortly after this Sidmouth were dealt two significant injury blows. Firstly George Found injured his shoulder, carrying heavily into contact and then James Allen took a heavy blow in contact. Neither boys were able to continue and we wish them all the best with their separate recoveries.
After this Newton Abbot gradually began to take control of the game. They had more possession and whilst Sidmouths individual and collective defence was good it was seemingly inevitable that Newton Abbot would score their second try. They did so by their number 13 drawing in the Sidmouth defense, and managing to get a deft offload in the tackle to his winger who was able to jog in unopposed. The conversion was kicked and at half-time the score was 7-12 in Newton Abbot’s favour.
As with friendly fixtures, coaches took the opportunity to rotate players and try different personnel in different positions. Benches were regularly rotated with everyone getting good game time. To their credit, Newton Abbot managed these transitions better. Individual errors crept into the Sidmouth performance and tackles that were being made in the first half started to be missed. Collective physicality and line speed was reduced and the Newton Abbot outside centre began to impose himself on the game. He scored two breakaway tries in the second half, by bursting through the line and racing away from the covering defence. Newton Abbot scored a further four tries in the second half without reply. The score finished 7-39.
Newton Abbot were worthy winners, but despite the scoreline there were notable positives to take from the game for Sidmouth. Many of the systems that coaches have worked on in training are becoming further embedded and the first year Colts integration into the Colts setup is now becoming firmly established. The boys, whilst disappointed, showed great spirit and never let their intensity drop despite tiredness as the game progressed.
Sidmouth MOTM for this week went to Will Cockayne-Cotterrill for his consistent work rate, attitude and performance during the game.
On Saturday 18th September Sidmouth Colts welcome Ivybridge Colts for their third friendly fixture. The game will be played at Blackmore with KO at 3:00pm.