Sidmouth 2nd 38 Topsham 1st 26

In ideal conditions both Sidmouth Quins and Topsham opted for open running rugby, with the Quins starting the stronger, within 5 minutes centre Ben Pratt carved through the defence and fed wing James Leat who stepped the full back to score, fly half Jevon Astley-Jones converting. Within minutes of the restart flanker Adam Howe broke away from the back of a ruck and made ground down field, once the ball reached Ben Salter there was going to be no stopping the centre scoring in the corner.

After this flying start Sidmouth lost concentration, giving away too many penalties allowing the visitors territory which finally resulted in a try wide outthen the full back showed good pace scoring a converted try from half way. Sidmouth though responded after cleanly winning a Topsham line out ball, a flat pass to Jevon Astley-Jones put him on a 50 metre mazy run for a fine individual try which he then converted giving a 19 to 12 score line at half time.

competitive 40 minutes followed, with play flowing end to end, good moves though unfortunately coming to an end, the final pass being missed or delayed. Sidmouth and Topsham exchanged converted tries; first No8 Jason Stephens was on hand to carry the ball the final metre after a forward drive, the visitors forwards then scoring in the same style.

Man of the match Adam Howe enjoyed his birthday scoring the next two tries both showing his pace and determination to get over the try line, one being converted putting the game safe. The Topsham No8 scored the final try, shadow tackles allowed him a free run in under the posts.

Next week the Quins entertain Merit Table leaders Barnstaple, and will have to improve their discipline, as the 3 yellow cards received will certainly be punished.