Sidmouth 2nd xv v OPMs 1st xv

OPMs 1st xv 10,  Sidmouth 2nd xv 13

The Quins travelled to Plymouth to take on OPMs who are mid table in Devon 1. A wait for someone to open the changing rooms, was followed by a massive down pour and a strong wind blowing into the faces of the away team throughout the 1st half. Recieving the kick off Sidmouth showed they were not to worried about the elements and ran the ball back at every opportunity. The scrum was very solid and often pushed the home side back. OPMs opend the scoring with a penalty for offside at a ruck. The format for the half was Sidmouth work the ball down in to OPMs 22, then for the hosts to clear with a big wind aided kick into Sids 22. Another raid into the scoring zone ended with Stuart Bickerstaff forcing his way over for a well deserved try. OPMs managed a converted try before half time for a 10- 5 lead. Wade Cooper was  replaced at half time after taking a stray knock from Bryn Thomas, who made a welcome return to 2nd team rugby.
The experienced Greg Howell went into the front row with Tony Martin moving to blindside. Sidmouth once again pressed the homeside who were welcome of the weather being much calmer. Adam Squance slotted a penalty reducing the lead to a couple of points. Dan colson, Ben Salter and Robbie Ross  were all keen in running with the ball in  hand. Chasing the winning score the Quins were guilty of a inability to put away several, 2-3 man overlaps. Nick Mills from 8 was always a thorn in attack and defence for the home team. Tony Martin who had a stormer of a game finally crashed over after the second attempt, from which the Ref was the right side to see the grounding, and a 3 point lead with 10 minutes to play. OPMs finally exerted pressure in the Quins 22, in the last 2 minutes Andrew Doidge was given a red card for punching, apologies after the game, does not make up for what his team-mates had to withstand to ensure a victory was achieved. Hopefully Andrew will learn from his mistake. Big thank you to Mr & Mrs Hamil for their help on the touchline very much appreciated.

This week the Quins take on Bideford 2nds at the Blackmore followed by England and Wales on the big screen.