Brixham 13 Sidmouth 14

Sidmouth U15's played an immensely tough away game against Brixham on Sunday 17th March in the plate semi final.

Neither side were willing to concede anything and Brixham started the game with loads of pressure on Sidmouth but made a mistake when a chip failed to find a space instead landing in the arms of Will Counsell, off down the line it went to find his brother Tom who with his usual flair ran it in for the first try. A successful conversion by Sam Cavin and Sidmouth were 7 points ahead with barely ten minutes on the clock.

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Guillermo Bazarra made a spirited run down the wing and was only stopped from scoring by a brilliant tap tackle by Brixham defence.

Both sides then entered a phase of kicking and before long Brixham made a strong attack and Billy Collins made a very good tackle to save Sidmouth. Unfortunately a lineout followed and Brixham were able to pass it down the line to get their first points on the board, the conversion proved too much for them and they had to content themselves with 5 points only.

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The second half started in much the same style as the first and before long Tom Counsell scored his second try of the match which once again was duly converted by Sam Cavin to put Sidmouth 14 – 5 ahead. 

A penalty for offside gave Brixham their next opportunity and they duly took the three points to bring them closer to Sidmouth’s total.

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Pressure from Brixham intensified and another brilliant tackle by Billy Collins at full back once again prevented another try ten yards out.

Sidmouth now on the back foot finally succumbed to the pressure and Brixham racked up another five points, once again a failure to convert left Sidmouth still in the lead.

Sidmouth had to contend with more pressure and put up a fantastic defence to keep Brixham out but gave away a penalty that Brixham were once again unable to capitalize on and the scores remained the same.

Again Brixham came back and with Sidmouth now down to 14 players because of a yellow card the play became even more intense, another break by Brixham was stopped dead in its tracks again by Billy, and virtually on the same spot as his previous try saving tackle!

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Sidmouth maintained their defence and gained a penalty seconds from the final whistle, a kick into touch, a lineout and back into touch and the game was over.

Man of the match does not feature in under 15’s rugby but if it did undoubtedly it would have gone to Billy Collins whose play as full back, not a popular position with most boys, was nothing short of brilliant.

A nail biting match that had more entertainment than many international games. Well done boys!

Report by Steve Searle