SIDMOUTH 2nd XV  19  v  TIVERTON 2nd XV  22


With the Blackmore Field waterlogged, the value of the re-laid pitches at Sidford was highlighted as this 2nd Team match went ahead in near perfect conditions.


The visitors won a close-fought contest thanks to a comeback inspired by an opportunist try in first half injury time.


With the breeze at their backs, the ‘Quins made a strong start and deservedly took an early lead, when Tom Osborne dummied his way over in the corner on the end of an excellent handling move. The try was unconverted.


Midway through the half the lead was extended from a lineout catch-and-drive play, when Aaron Down peeled off the driving maul to power his way over. Adam Squance added the conversion.


Tiverton came more into the game as the half progressed and, in the closing minutes of the half, were pressing inside the Sidmouth 22. An attempted clearance kick was charged down by a forward, who followed up to win the chase for the touchdown. The try was converted by the scrum half to make the halftime score 12-7.


Tiverton continued to dominate territory from the restart and were soon on level terms. After a period of pressure near the Sidmouth line, the tight head prop burst over from ten metres out on the blindside of a ruck. The try was unconverted.


The visitors were soon back on the attack and Dan Rugg did well to get his body under a Tiverton player, preventing a touchdown, as he tackled him over the try-line. However, the pressure eventually told when the scrum half finished off a move on the blindside of a ruck inside the 22. He also added the conversion from wide out. He then kicked a penalty to open up a ten-point gap with five minutes to play.


The ‘Quins showed good spirit to finish the game strongly. They closed the gap with a try by Mark Unsworth under the posts from a quickly taken tap penalty. Adam Squance converted to set up a tense closing few minutes but the visitors held on until the final whistle.