Sidmouth Quin's 6- Tiverton Quin's 18

After last weeks solid start, Sidmouth 2nd's were reminded that this season will be a hard slog, and if the hard yards aren't put in, you will be punished.

Tiverton, promoted up to the top tier of 2nd team rugby, not loosing a match last season, showed a willingness to compete from the first whistle to the end of the match, scoring 3 tries and 1 penalty to Sidmouth's 2 penalties.

Sidmouth opened the scoring with a James Powell pen, after a break up the middle from Dom Hawke, the visitors strayed offside. Before the home team could stamp their authority on the match Tiverton crossed the whitewash after a couple of missed tackles in the midfield. to take the lead. With the game struggling to become a spectacle, Steve Trim took a quick tap penalty and broke into the opponents half, the support was not quick enough, Tiverton managed to scramble back to clear. Trying to counter attack in their own half Sidmouth were pinged for crossing, the visiting fly-half adding the 3 points. The line out was working well, Hooker, Liam O'Connor, finding his targets Tom Butler, Lewis Tollerfield, and Ross McGilchrist, the support play was the let down for the home side, quite often being counter rucked off their own ball. Just before half time Tiverton scored a second try, once again missing tackles doesn't help !!

The 2nd half started with the introduction of the House brothers, George and Will making debuts for the club, and Wade Cooper replacing Tom Butler in the forwards, Tom who has been plagued with injuries the past 2 seasons was more than competent with his performance and will be looking at a regular 2nd team starting role as his fitness grows The home side started with a desire what wasn't there in the first half, and were soon awarded a pen in front of the posts after good work from the forwards. James Powell popped the ball over for 3 points. Steve Trim and Pete Springfield combined up the blind-side to set up another forward drive, Springfield was adjudged to be held up over the line to thwart the homside's momentum. Josh Reed replaced Prop Gareth Pearson, captain Luke Knight moved into the front-row with Reed in a unaccustomed role of flanker. Will House gave us a glimpse of whats to come with a great run down the left wing only to bundled into touch. With the home side taking risks to rescue the match, a tap ball from our own lineout on our own 5 metre line was pounced on by the visiting 7. The final whistle sounded soon after. There were also debut's Dan Russell, new to the area and Ben Pratt at full back, Hopefully with a good attendance at training this week, and a healthy squad to choose from the Quins will be trying to raise their game when visiting Cullomptons 2nd string this Sat.