Sidmouth U16's v Okehampton U16's

U16 Exeter University North v East Devon League Play-Off

Sidmouth     21     v       19    Okehampton

The drama at the Blackmore went right to the wire as the U16s won with the last play of the game to clinch a place in the North & East Devon league final on Thursday 12 April.

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Since U8s these sides from Okehampton and Sidmouth have had high quality, high scoring games, and with nine county players on show there was quality and pace across both teams. In the hot dry conditions Sidmouth took the initiative and after a good period of pressure Charlie Cotton found enough space to line-up his defender, and one-on-one jinked in to open the scoring. Okehampton struck back with a classy try of their own and their clever defence and marking in the midfield caused Sidmouth all kinds of problems.

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Cotton struck a penalty to edge the home side in front and then Okehampton showed their class with a text book score down the right side of a scrum when their winger was given space and time to beat the Sidmouth defence. Another cool Cotton penalty and a very well finished try by Jack Webber put Sidmouth back in the lead. With 20 minutes to play Okehampton opted to run a couple of penalties and their confidence was rewarded with another excellent try on the left to put them in front 16-19. Sidmouth kept their heads and as Okehampton skillfully ran-down the clock the game came down to one last scrum.The Sidmouth set-piece was looking as good as it had all season, so there was still a chance and with the Okehampton back row tied down Toomey took a pass on the short side and forced his way over after good off-the ball runs by Thomas and Cotton.

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Thanks to Okehampton for an excellent game which either side deserved to win.The U16s tour Dublin this weekend and are back in action at The Blackmore against Barker Butts on Easter Sunday at 11am.