Teignmouth 7 Sidmouth 47

The Coaches wanted points on the board and good quality rugby, these  objectives were more than met and the coaches, players and spectators all went home very satisfied with the effort, the play and of course the result. The points objective was achieved within minutes of the start with a well taken penalty by Harry West giving Sidmouth the lead and giving the team confidence. The restart was run straight back at Teignmouth showing the ambition and intent of the Sidmouth team  and through several phases of play resulted in a determined  Kyle Baker using his size and strength to cross the line. Having scented success Sidmouth turned up the pressure and with superb instinct Man of the Match Harrison Astley-Jones ran a delightful angle to cross the line. Sidmouth’s forwards, well led by James Thomas, learned from extra coaching lessons by dominating both the lineouts and the scrums despite a size disadvantage. With the resultant possession the backs were able to take control and further tries from Ed Thomas and Reid Mawdesley gave Sidmouth a well deserved lead at half time. The second half showed a change in fortunes due to the fact that Sidmouth had travelled with just 15 players whereas Teignmouth had 6 substititutes.

Vs Teignmouth

The fresh legs helped Teignmouth  to grind out a forward’s try and to start to threaten Sidmouth’s lead, however Sidmouth  showed character and re-asserted their control with a further tries by Reid Mawdesley and Dan Powell. An opportunistic dropped goal taken by Richard Day completed the Sidmouth points.  This was a strong team performance showing some excellent handling by the backs and hard work by the forwards, with efforts like this the team can look to the games ahead with some confidence.     

Team: Reid Mawdesley ©, Lawrence Short, Harry West, Ed Thomas, Lewis Horne, Dan Powell, Harrison Astley-Jones,  James Thomas, Lewis Fitzhenry, Brad Reiff-Arnold, Sam Dix, Kyle Baker, Mal Rayner, Tom Stokes, Sam Smith