U11s play their Cockle neighbours

Sidmouth U11s vs Exmouth U11s


A hastily rearranged fixture saw the U11s play their Cockle neighbours in a very friendly atmosphere up at Sidford.

Sid were late arriving whilst a huge Exmouth squad went through their impressive Commando Royal Marine inspired warm-up.

Sidmouth’s game plan was to get the ball wide and develop their passing game. So from the first ruck, with team play ethos ringing in his ears, Sidmouth’s precocious inside centre blasted through his opposite number , chipped over the full back, caught the ball cleanly and glided in unopposed for an awesome solo try within the first 30 seconds. How can a coach ask a player not to do that !!

Late in the first half ,however, in the face of Exmouth’s huge pack the Sidmouth forwards supplied some clean ball and our threes executed a text book draw and pass manoeuvre exploiting the final 2v1 and sent Ben Scrivens scampering in for a perfect team try.


Exmouth then dominated the game with powerful forward play which resulted in their first try. An impressive charge down from Exmouth’s scrum half caught out Sidmouth’s fly half and the resulting score left things finely balanced. However, after using all their subs and losing their delicate fly half to injury Sidmouth forced their way over for the winning third try.

A Barbarian style second match was played where Sidmouth’s team were allowed to play in any position they wanted against Exmouth’s fresh second squad. Unusual shapes and sizes filled different berths and gave some cracking performances, however, neither team troubled the scorer.