Sidmouth 2nds v Okehampton 2nds

Sidmouth 24 Okehampton 18
A minutes silence was held for our director of rugby and great friend of many "Tug" Wilson.


The Quins won this bottom of the table match, through hard work and a impressive debut from young, Gerrard Goosen.
The first quarter was a even affair,with both teams giving their all. A blind side break, giving wing Ben Salter space to get into the visitors 22, Quick ball spread to the other wing was only halted by some great defence from the visitors. 20 mins in Sidmouth missed a penalty , Lewis Tollerfield blocked the following drop out, Wade Cooper was on hand to secure the ball, two rucks later the ball was in the hands of Dan Colson who broke through a couple of tacklers to dot down wide out. Ben Pratt delightfully slotted the conversion. Okehampton responded with a penalty after the Quins got caught trying to run a ball out of their own quarter rather than kicking deep. Gerrard Goosen stole the kick off  with a superb jump and catch to set up another quick ball to Dan Colson who drew in the covering defence, a long pass to wing, Adam Squance, gave him enough time to sqeeze over the line for his first second team try. Pratt once again dissected the uprights for a worthy 14. 3 lead. Stuart Bickerstaff picked up a loose ball from a scrum on the halfway line and run in beating the last man with a tidy step inside. A lapse in concentration from the Quins allowed Okehampton to score under the posts just before half time to trail by nine at the turn.

Late arrival Martin Keywood, replaced Neil Barrett who put in a tremendous shift at prop (usually Hooks). Dom Hawke intercepeted a ball on Okeys 10 metre line, outpacing the chasing defence to extend the lead to 14 points. From what the Quins thought was going to be an easy last quarter, was far from it, Okehampton pressed at all times, and were clearly the fitter of the two teams, resulting in another try and a penalty to close the gap to 6 points, before the final whistle was blown. Once again the 2nd team had a victory, as before with a attendance at training on a tuesday will not only help out on team awareness, but with a bit more exertion on the fitness levels will gain more positive results on the field. This week see the Quins travel to Brixham who are top of the merit table.