Dominant Cup Performance

Sidmouth U13’s hosted Tavistock in their opening Cup encounter at Sidford. Suitably primed by the coaches, the boys opened the match on full throttle with some impressive and sustained pressure in all areas which resulted in early tries from Hubble and Lowe. A disorientated Tavistock gradually offered more resistance in the middle period of the first half but with Sidmouth scrummaging and rucking with total commitment; it came at a price – reducing the away team to 14 men which Sidmouth sportingly matched. A number of runs from Fisher, Harris, Malec and Mead were eventually rewarded as Hubble secured a further try and Harris converted for a second time to end the half 19-0. Sidmouth continued the pressure in the second half with Stokes, Tidball and Lowe (J) opening up the defence to allow Lowe (S) to secure a deserved try. Strong rucking and follow on from Woodruff on two occasions was unfortunate not to be rewarded with a try, but Stamp, head down, powered through moments later to make amends and was followed speedily by the elusive Mead – Lowe (J) converting two. To their credit Tavistock refused to lie down and a last minute try and conversion restored some dignity to the away team. This was dominant display by Sidmouth, from all quarters. The team has an air of confidence that on current form is richly deserved.