Missed opportunities for U16

Sidmouth 19:22 Okehampton  u 16s  25.1.15

Okehampton kicked off and early pressure from the visitors gave them a try in the corner but no conversion, 0:5. The scrums looked evenly matched and good runs from Pearse and Cornish forced Okehampton to tackle hard. A Sidmouthcatch and drive moved them 15m up the pitch and resulted in a try for Pearse. Allen slotted a neat conversion, 7:5. Sidmouth were now on the offensive. Lau made great ground, dodging multiple defenders across half the pitch but was brought down by a try saving Okehampton tackle just short of the line. Further Sidmouth pressure was strongly resisted by Okehampton but finally good work form the backs allowed Innes-Kruger to score 12:5. A Sidmouth line out was stolen by Okehampton and gave them another drive 10m for a penalty which they elected to kick but failed to score. Hard work by Sidmouth forwards was consolidated by Cornish producing a try in the corner. Allen produced another accurate conversion kick. 19:5. A further score by Sidmouth could have secured their advantage but it was Okehampton forwards who, in the final minutes of the first half, pushed over the try line to score, 19:10

Early on in the second half play was even but Okehampton pressure on the backs and some handling errors resulted in an Okehampton try and this time a conversion 19:17. Okehampton were looking increasingly confident, tackling well and hungry for victory. A great breakthrough from their no 9 resulted in a well-deserved try, 19:22. On the back foot now, Sidmouth rallied to produce some late pressure but Okehampton defence prevailed. In the last passage of play Sidmouth advanced towards the try line but just couldn’t keep possession and with some relief Okehampton kicked into touch

Finally, a mention of thanks to the under 15 subs who came along to augment the Sidmouth squad this week.

Steve Cornish and Daryl Pearce