Devon Cup 1st Round U14s

Sidmouth 13 Kingsbridge 12

Last season’s Devon Champions strolled into town with the swagger and confidence of a winning team. Sidmouth, however, were focused on working hard and started to apply consistent pressure. With the fearless cutting edge of Max Dix and Alex Pocock in the back row the home team won plenty of ball and attacked hard. Finlay Morgan and Owen Tidball combined well in the threes and as usual Josh Golding’s blistering pace caused ‘Kings’ much trouble out wide.

The visitors then rode their luck and capitalised on a fumble to score a converted try against the run of play. Then in a moment of clarity, Louis Stamp, playing out of position at Full Back, fielded a long defensive kick and galloped in from fully 35 yards out  to score a scintillating try. At the turn around the hard working Jack Jenkins had come off due to injury and Seb Stewart entered the ‘engine room’. Ben Scrivens also replaced Jake Jones who continues to learn well in his 1st season of rugby . With Finlay Jonson stabilising the scrum and Andrew Donovan rampaging in the loose it wasn’t long before Golding again broke free and was brought down 3 metres from the line.

Not being held means the winger could retain the ball and scramble over the line before the defence could close the door. At 10-7 the game was there for the winning and when a kickable penalty presented itself, Joe Elsworth confidently slotted it over from the 10m line. In the dying moments Kings managed to score but the long range conversion failed and Sidmouth marched into the 2nd round of the Cup.

Max Dix rightly took man of the match for leading the hard work up front and all can be proud of their superb effort.