Torquay 2nd 17 v Sidmouth 2nd 37

Sidmouth Quins got off the mark in the Merit Table with a comprehensive win at Torquay, they made the perfect start as the Torquay kick off failed to go 10 metres, following the scrum back, Jay Wright chipped ahead for full back Jack Faulkner to gather the ball and race away to score with 2 minutes on the clock. Centre Dom Hawke making a welcome comeback after a season away ghosted through the defence to put flanker Ryan Davies in for a try,converted by Adam Squance. Stuart Bickerstaff’s direct running produced a half break to put Dom Hawke in space, who in turn put Jack Faulkner in for his second try.

The home sides large set of forwards drove over wide out to open their account. The Quins forwards for their part worked well as a unit especially the front row trio at scrum time, Adrian Wilson making a telling debut at loose head. Fellow prop Mark Osbourne’s loose play did the groundworkfor hooker Tom Reed to bulldoze through the Torquay defence leaving it in tatters from 25 metres out for another unconverted try. On halftime a Torquay kick into the Quins 22 allowed Jack Faulkner to look up and plot a route back down field, so followed a mazy 75 metre run ending in a try under the sticks for his hatrickAdam Squance added the extras.

Half Time 5 – 29

From the restart the Quins consolidated their lead playing rugby in the Torquay half, though the home side did manage a couple of tries, but any thoughts of a revival were scotched whenStuart Bickerstaff darted up the blind side to score in the corner. Adam Squance popped overa penalty to complete the scoring

Next week the Quins host Crediton at the Blackmore 2.30 Kick off