Devonport Services 2nd 41 Sidmouth 2nd 22

 

Has summer arrived? a glorious afternoon for rugby greeted the Quins at the Rectory for their Merit Table fixture with Devonport Services, initially it was the home side who dominated affairs, with the Quins unable gain any go forward ball, Devonport’s pressure resulted in 2 unconverted tries in the first 10 minutes. Quick service from live wire scrum half Damon Morris playing his first senior game, gave the back line the opportunity to move the ball, and their first foray into the home sides 22 saw a penalty awarded going wide, but points were on the board soon after as open side Dan Rugg gathered a fumbled pass to go in under the posts, Adam Squance adding the extras.

Devonports large pack worked well as a unit both in the tight and loose where their Fijian open side flanker especially proving to be a handful when up and running.Committed defence saw no further breaches until the Home side right wing jinked over on 30 minutes for a 7 pointer.
A charging run from halfway by  No8 Jarad Goodson saw the Quins back in the Devonport 22, a series scrums finally ending with a penalty attempt which went wide, which saw the end of the half.
H/T 17 - 5
The first period of the second half was all Devonports but the still resolute defence restricted them to a single score by their scrum half, who darted in on the blind side of a 5 metre scrum. The Quins line was crossed twice more during this period, both times being held up, not willing to roll over the Quins kept in touch with an Adam Squance penalty followed by a 75 metre sprint by wing Jamie Ballack who show the Services a clean pair of heels to score under the posts, Adam Squance converting. At 22 -17 down Sidmouth for all their lack of possession were far from out of it, but then 2 tries on 30 minutes effectively killed off the game.
A late spell of pressure on the Services line saw Damon Morris pop a well timed pass to lock Roger Goulding who did the honours for an unconverted try. On the last play of the game Services went over for one more try.
R. Baugh