Sidmouth 2nds V Buckfastleigh 1st

Sidmouth 2nd 29  Buckfastleigh Ramblers 1st  10

Saturday saw Sidmouth Quins and Buckfastleigh Ramblers played out a keenly fought encounter at the Blackmore, the Quins coming out on top playing an open expansive game, the visitors opting for a more forward oriented style of play.  There was a welcome return of scrum half Matt Goss and with Tom Hodge at fly half got the pacey backline moving, winger Ben West was the first to benefit scoring wide out early on.

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The Quins followed up with a team try, the forwards solid platform produced quick ruck ball on halfway, moving though many hands,  Matt Goss made ground to the 22, the supporting James Leat finishing of the move scoring in the corner. 

Tom Hodge extended the lead prior to half time with another unconverted try after linking with Charlie Cotton after he made the extra man joining the line from fullback.

H/T 15 - 0

The visitors enjoyed their best spell at the start of the second half, pinning Sidmouth deep in their own half, until a 5 metre line out saw their forwards drive over for an unconverted try. 

Sidmouth responded with another team try, set up following a solid tackle from centre Giles Dixon deep in his own half causing a spilled ball, which was gathered and move down field, Matt Farrington being on hand to go over, Matt Goss adding the extras.

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Replacement centre Adam Howe made an immediate impact on joining the fraysoon making inroads into the oppositions half, finally going over for an individual try which again Matt Goss converted.

The last period belonged to Buckfastleigh whose No8 proved to be the talisman for their forwards, who were finally rewarded with another unconverted try late on. The Quins forwards showed strength in depth being able to make six substitutions without affecting continuity, which bodes well for next week’s fixture away to Exmouth in the Merit Table.