Sidmouth U16 10 v 14 Plymouth Argaum

Sidmouth 10:14  Plymouth Argaum   8.3.15

 Shrouded in fog and plastered with mud it was hard to tell the teams apart, let alone individual players, in this away match against Plymouth Argaum. The Tigers kicked off and within the first few minutes of play a fumbled catch by Sidmouth sent the ball scuttling towards their posts and an Argaum player carried the ball over to score early points with a converted try. Regrouping, Sidmouth pushed back upfield and put pressure on the Argaum defence. A well-deserved try resulted with Davies scoring. Play continued in the Tigers’ half until an interception from them made good ground and threatened a further score but stoic Sidmouth defenders held up the try attempt. Back in the Argaum half again, a neat interception by Bright looked promising but he was brought down and although Sidmouth retained possession they were unable to make it count. The first half ended 5:7.

Early on in the second half the Tigers scored another converted try from a penalty kick. Sidmouth retaliated to put pressure on the Argaum defence and a dummy and dive from captain Allen secured a second try but no conversion. Dix had a great run, Pearse worked hard and both props made good ground to generate momentum. The scrum was strong but lineouts less accurate than usual in the wet and windy conditions. Sidmouth maintained pressure up until the final whistle but were unable to find a further score and the match ended 10:14.

Sidmouth could have played more tactically, particularly in their exit strategy, to work with the slope and wind to their advantage but overall the match was close fought and evenly matched. Having gifted Argaum early points made the difference in the end.

Chugg-White,  Sidmouth man of the match, did however win the post-match crisp/crème egg eating and coke drinking contest!

Daryl Pearce