Sidmouth under 14s in their second final

SIDMOUTH UNDER 14s RUGBY

Sidmouth 64 v Pulborough 10

 

Rugby matches, it turns out are like buses. You don’t have one for ages then 3 come along in 8 days!  After Sidmouth’s fantastic win in the Devon cup semi-final, which takes them to their second Final in two years, confidence was high. This in turn led to some sublime rugby on a surprisingly spring like Friday evening. It was a tale of 5 Quarters, which I admit sounds wrong, but which turned out to be so Wright! Charlie Wright had a superb game, full of running, aggression and skill. He scored two tries, but set up three as well. Pulborough, possibly wish they had stayed in Sussex. This was not a one man show however and the team really pulled together. The scrum dominated. Captain Hughes and his fellow prop Chugg-White laid the platform and the back row reaped the rewards. Moore scored three excellent tries. It was the link play that really caught the eye though. Centre Allen’s second try was arguably the pick of the bunch, as he finished the break he had started having gone through several pairs of Sidmouth hands. Counsell, as ever, was terrific and he and Down both also got a try a piece. Pulborough were a good side and scored twice and would have scored more, but for try saving tackles from Morgan and an excellent one from Davies whilst playing at full back. The whole squad should take credit for playing the game in such good spirit. A joy to watch.

 

 

Sidmouth 59 v Tavistock 0

The conditions for this match could not have been more different. The ball was as slippery as ‘soap in a bath’ and this particular bath was a mud one! It took a while for both teams to get to grips with the conditions, but once Sidmouth did they were unstoppable. Kennaugh made a break, Bolton secured quick ball, which went through the backs to Wright who scored. Simple, but effective Rugby. Kennaugh was soon on the score sheet catching a clever cross kick from Down. Counsell then made a superb break and linked beautifully once again with Wright who scored. Tavistock applied the pressure, but Bolton’s kick out of defence landed kindly for Kennaugh who set up Counsell  to run 50 metres to score. From the restart Hill, who was outstanding all day, set up Wright for his second. Tavistock tried to get out of their half, but a Morgan tackle and a Kennaugh steal led to his second. The second half was an even muddier affair. Counsell’s second try came from a Moore turnover. Wright scored his hat trick before being substituted and Davies also got on the score sheet right at the endAllen kicked his fifth  successful conversion. A clinical display in a good old fashioned rugby match was enjoyed by all apart from possibly Tavistock?