Sidmouth Vs Ivybridge U14s

Sidmouth 19 Ivybridge 38

Sidmouth entertained the strong West Devon team last Sunday stepping up a notch in the ability levels. Several ‘elite’ players were on show and it was Sidmouth’s No 8, Joe Elsworth, who smashed through an unprepared defence to open the scoring. Ivybridge retaliated quickly with two tries through some questionable defence but understandably it was a big ask to bring down some of Ivy’s huge strike runners.

The main difference between the two teams manifested at the breakdown where Sidmouth hesitated and Ivybridge smothered then cleaned out with aggression and sound technique. The opponents ‘Pick and Drive’ was a well-executed battering ram which Sidmouth couldn’t deal with. Its hard to win a game with limited ball supply but Sidmouth’s classy threes always threatened to score when in possession. Finlay Morgan again at Fly Half played a mature kicking game to gain good field position and Finlay Jonson carried well taking the fight to the opponents.

Ivybridge scored several more individual tries but the score of the match came after strong runs from Owen Tidball and Finlay Jonson took play deep into Ivy’s 22.  Archie Rowe at scrum half snaffled the ball away and assessed his options in a blink. The defensive trigger had been pulled and Sidmouth’s Fly Half was about to take ball and man. However, Archie called their bluff, accelerated through traffic and threaded a pinpoint grubber through the eye of the needle. Finlay Morgan stormed past the defence now going in the wrong direction and powered onto the ball which sat up perfectly to gather and be dotted down. Fortune favours the brave and this try would have graced any Premiership match.

Sidmouth play their Devon Cup ¼ final at Sidford next Sunday and all support would be much appreciated.