Sidmouth U10 Tour of Cornwall

Two mighty Cornish teams lined up as opposition for Sidmouth U10s inaugural tour of Cornwall.

Saturday shaped up clear and bright and Redruth organised the match to be played on their main pitch. Steeped in history and passion, the hallowed 'Hell Fire Corner' hosted our own latter day heroes and soon Sidmouth were playing a previously unwitnessed brand of drive, retain and recycle rugby that allowed them to dominate the red and blacks. Exemplary stuff that left the coaches briefly speechless !! Peaky and Scrivs breeched Redruth's defenses to put Sidmouth 2-0 up at half time with various other opportunities going begging. Josh Roberts has recently made a huge difference at scrum half with a combination of athleticism, speed of thought, sniping runs and a fast improving quality of service to the threes. A complete change of Sidmouth personnel at half time fought hard but allowed the red and blacks in for a couple tries of their own. 'Go forward'  rugby must be played at all times and next season this can be another area to work on.

Game two saw Sidmouth completely dominate with fabulous performances from Josh Roberts, Ollie Jones (1 try), Louis Stamp (2 tries) and Finlay Morgan (1 try) . Jonesies bullocking try scored from end to end with a wickedly bruised hand demonstrating just how hard the lad is.

5-2 the eventual scorline with Harley Smith also scoring his 2nd try of the season.

Business taken care of the team switched to Gwithian beech for a Baltic surf lesson sponsored by WestExe Forklift's Mr. Alex Dix who also ventured out in his athletically cut wet suit ! Mr Dix suggested prewarning Greenpeace that no whales were likely to be beached in that area that afternoon so as to save them a call out !


That night the entertainment continued at the hotel with solo renditions of Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' by Mr. Peacock senior and 'Green Army' by Mr. Peacock jnr. Mr Kennaugh yodelled drunkenly through the evening with little or no impact on his target audience and Mr Hushon had the girls swooning with a delicate and touching love song virtuoso.

Morning dawned and the Biblical weather flung bins down the street, ripped trees from their roots and the horizontal rain threatened hypothermia. This forced a cancellation of the final fixture against Cornish County champions Hayle due to a waterlogged pitch. However, we were aware that our previous day's demolition of their close rivals may have had them quake-ing !!

Well done to all who toured and especially to the fabulous support provided by parents. Thanks to Simon Rowe for organising the tour and Brad Jenkins of TJ contractors - the team's sponsor.

Squad :- Cole Monaghan. Max Dix, Alex Peacock, Finlay Johnson, Louis Stamp, Will Kennaugh, Ben Scrivens, Jack Marchant, Jack Jenkins, Finlay Morgan, Harley Smith, Ollie Jones, Sam Bond, Henry Thorn, Jamie Wyant, Jack Turbitt, Ben Hushon and Archie Rowe.