Sidmouth U10s at the Devon Rugby Festival

Sidmouth U10s at the Devon Rugby Festival at Devonport Services.

 Sidmouth were 1st out of the hat and drew a tough set of pool matches.

First up were Ivybridge and having lost to them 0-7 the week before, a 1-0 loss was a reasonable achievement. Next up were last year's finalists Kingsbridge and a 0-0 draw was frustrating for both teams. Jack Jenkins took the first two Cadbury's sponsored tackle of the match with a couple of corkers ! The last game was offering an early bath or the chance to move into the knock-out stages of the 3rd ranked Plate finals. South Molton took the pitch and a couple of 'Giant Haystacks' threatened a one sided game. However, Sidmouth's guile and running game took the mid Devon outfit apart and 4-0 was the final outcome in our favour. Josh Roberts (player of the tournament) regularly caught the eye with a masterful display in the ruck. His bravery and commitment in putting his body on the line was an inspiration to the rest of the team.

This set up a semi-final clash with hosts Devonport who duly surrendered 3-0 to Sidmouth who'd finally grasped what tournament rugby is about.  Moving now into the main Devonport Stadium, Sidmouth kicked off the first of the 3 finals against Newton Abbott. Taking a battering in the first half Sid valiantly kept Newton out and returned the favour in the 2nd half. Will Kennaugh this time fronting the 'hard-man' tackle count. Will also came within inches of breaking the deadlock but at the final whistle a 0-0  result was decided on the toss of a coin. You guessed it, lady luck deserted us and Newton Abbott took the supreme accolades.

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The squad to be congratulated were Joshie Roberts, Finlay Johnson, Jack Jenkins, Alex Peacock, Max Dix, Ben Hushon, Sam Bond, Cole Monaghan, Finlay Morgan, Louis Stamp, Will Kennaugh, Jamie Wyant & Ollie Jones.

Thanks to Brent & Brad and all the travelling supporters.