Sidmouth 51:5 Devonport Services

Pearse captains Sidmouth to success

The Services kicked off at this home match at Blackmore, but Innes –Kruger returned well and a penalty lineout resulted in an early try by Down and a conversion by Pearse. Buoyed up by early points, Sidmouth were alert to every opportunity and a loose ball from a scrum was snapped up by Davies who stepped around several Devonport players as he darted forward for a great solo try. Sidmouth’s running attack kept the visitors at bay. A couple of attempts at kick and chase over-ran their mark and dead ball resulted but Sidmouth kept up the pressure and soon after, captain Pearse scored by the posts and converted his own try. The Services had the heavier pack which gave them an edge in the forward battles and an impressive driving maul by the visitors took the ball well into  Sidmouth territory. But Sidmouth defence was solid and Devonport lost possession as well as the ground they had made as the ball was returned to their half. From the ensuing lineout there was a steal by Sidmouth and Hughes made a breakaway run which took him close to the try line before 2 defenders brought him down. Sidmouth retained possession but the first half ended shortly afterwards  19:0 to Sidmouth.

The second half saw Sidmouth straight back on the attack and safe hands gave Hill his first try. Down followed this up quickly with a good kick and chase and scored another try himself. More good passages of play kept the momentum with Sidmouth and Hill crossed the try line and ran with the ball to ground it behind the posts. Pearse converted. Fast and furious play continued and Cornish scored in the corner. From the restart, Pearse caught the ball and an impressive run saw him score again. Eventually Devonport efforts were rewarded with a well deserved try by their no 8. Sidmouth responded and a team effort gave Chugg- White the final try of the match.  51:5

Sidmouth players demonstrated determination and confidence. Often on the back foot from a slow start this was most definitely not the case this time and their win was decisive and deserved.

Report by Steve Cornish and Daryl Pearce