under 15's prevailed to an impressive win.

Sidmouth got off to a cracking start at Sidford on Sunday 17th February in a plate match against Chiefs. Despite being unable to train for several weeks due to flooded pitches they looked a well drilled side.

Within minutes of the kick off Lucan Horsnell ran in a try at the corner to put them five points up.

Chiefs came storming back and put Sidmouth under intense pressure, a clearance kick gave Sidmouth a brief breathing space but Chiefs winger came back speeding through to score, a conversion then put Chiefs ahead 7 to 5.

A stolen lineout by Chiefs led to a penalty close to the line and a good effort by the visitors gave them another try putting them up 12 to 5. Sidmouth then showed they could also steal a lineout and an impressive attack gave Will Counsell his chance to put another five points on the score board. Sidmouth 10 Chiefs 12.

Next it was Tom Counsells turn, a chip over Chiefs defence line allowed him through where he was able to scoop up his own ball and run it over the line to put Sidmouth back in the lead 15 to 12. An altercation then led to a Chiefs player being shown the yellow card.

With a one man advantage Aaron Bagwell then demonstrated that he could do what Tom could do and a chip over the heads of Chiefs allowed him through the line, his momentum was so great he fell forwards but turned it into a forward roll retaining the ball to put it down over the line.

Half time saw Sidmouth ahead by 20 points to 12.

The start of the second half was marred by a yellow card for a Sidmouth player but undeterred Tom Counsell intercepted a loose pass by Chiefs and with a quick offload to Sam Cavin bypassed the defence a conversion by Sam put Sidmouth 27 Chiefs 12.

Chiefs came back and their winger again showed his impressive turn of speed to run in another try to bring them up to 17 points. A breakaway by Dave Chan and Tom Counsell gave Dave his first try of the match which was then converted by Sam Cavin to put Sidmouth up .

A loose pass by Chiefs gave Sidmouth their next try, Tom anticipating the pass intercepted it and passed it to Ollie Aplin and with a conversion by Sam left Sidmouth with a good victory 41 to 17.This was a tough match with both sides putting in maximum effort despite the slippery conditions and heavy going but Sidmouths tackling and ball handling skills prevailed to give them an impressive win.