QUINS WIN THRILLER AGAINST TORQUAY 2nds

 Sidmouth 2nd 31   Torquay 2nd 20

 

Conditions proved to be perfect for open flowing rugby and both sides contributed to make it a watchable even encounter. The Quins being a couple of players light were grateful to be  joined by Ben West, now with Withycombe, and the 3 other stalwarts after their game went down, hopefully these clubs link ups will ensure more games go can go ahead.

An early injury to full back Mark Bishop resulted in a temporary backline reshuffle which the visitors capitalised on keeping the Quins under the cosh for the first period of play, finally getting their first try wide out on 15 minutes.

The Quins started to use the slope and wind to good advantage keeping Torquay penned in their own half, a Johnny Hamill kick to the corner was chased down by wing Ben West who disrupted the fullbacks attempted clearance, Johnny Hamill was on hand to pick up the loose ball and go over, the try was unconverted.

The Quins enjoyed some good first phase ball, props Yann Tippet and Veteran Daren Sainsbury providing a solid platform, a 5 metre scrum resulted in a quickly taken penalty, hooker Neil Barratt drove over, Will Dunford adding the extras.

Will Dunford created the next try with a long miss pass on halfway creating the space for Ben West to race away to the score a converted try in the corner.

Half Time 19 – 7

Torquay started the second half using the same tactics as the Quins had, keeping the ball deep in the Sidmouth half. Sustained pressure from the visitors saw them gain the upper hand, with 2 unconverted tries and a penalty making a 19 to 20 score line.

The Quins defended well but were in need of a get out jail card, which came courtesy of a Tom Robbins interception 40 metres out and to score under the posts, Will Dunford again converting.

This gave the game a nail biting last 10 minutes, but Ben Pratt settled the nerves with a delicate chip ahead and gather to score ensuring the victory.