Under 7s Match Reports

Cullompton Vs Sidmouth U7s

U7 - Chiefs and Vikings

Sunday saw Sidmouth U7s head north to play a number of challenging games against Cullompton RFC at their hilltop Stafford Park Ground. To the back drop a crisp and cold morning Sidmouth bolstered travelling numbers with 23 players attending, most being accompanied by their Dad’s and other siblings while Mum enjoyed a well deserved Mother’s day lie in whilst enjoying a few hours peace and quiet at home. 

With Sidmouth fielding 4 teams, Cullompton likewise were able to muster 2 teams and so a round robin of games was played allowing the coaches to keep the kids warm and let them have maximum game time. Cully have been training hard and definitely turned out to be Sidmouth's best opposition so far this season. With most of their players being a year older than the Sidmouth crew Cullys well drilled and attentive player skills shone through with precision tagging and passing resulting in Cully being able to run in a number of uncontested easy tries against the younger Sidmouth opposition.

However Sidmouth kept their heads held high and their tails up managing to grab a number of tries against the more experienced opponents getting a number of scores on the score sheet in every game played. Tagging was key to prevent Cullys increasing score line with Elliot Allen, Henry Simic along with the Burston boys Oscar and Jake all making try saving tags in defence. As a result of having 4 teams attending we also ran a side game playing Sidmouth “Green” against Sidmouth “Blue” here the sides were more evenly matched with Jay Westlake, Jack Clarkson, Evie Fudge, James Young, Charlie Cole, Arden Chipping and Jonno Fletcher all playing well with good individual and team skills leading to some great well run in tries and a more accurate tagging display. The”West Hill” crew of Zac Dunstan, Noah Helm, Henry Ritchie and Ewan Kirk formed a formidable team adding more tries to the “Green” team scoreboard and showing playmaking action in a match where honours were even.

Players of the week went to the aforementioned Ewan Kirk for his leadership of the team, his racing sidesteps and not giving in or slowing up with his determined running for those Cully tags. 

With all 6 teams playing side by side it was a great spectacle again for junior rugby, overall the contest was a lot of fun and well fought but on this occasion Cully deservedly took the honours of the day. Thanks go to the Cully players and coaches for being great hosts and for providing the Sidmouth lads with an opportunity in having to step up their game when the opposition gets harder,  setting the stage perfectly for next weekend’s trip  along the coast with games against Withycombe RFC in Exmouth.

Sidmouth Vs Topsham U7s

Under 7s Tag - Jan 16

The under 7s this weekend took on Topsham RFC, with constant rain recently many clubs pitches are out of action and so our matches were moved to the Royal Marines Astro pitch at the Lympstone camp.  With the whiff of a local derby in the air we had another great turn out by Sidmouth and Topsham U7s with 50 players taking to the pitch. 

The speed and intensity notched up another level this week with notably sharper zig-zag and zag- zig running, dinking sidesteps and timely offloading of the ball coupled with much stronger defensive lines to demonstrate both clubs teams progress this season.

Sidmouth “Team Red” demonstrated exceptional tactical awareness with their movement of the ball, and some bold, scything running by Noah Helm, Ewan Kirk, Isobel Wood and Maddie Russell leading to some well worked team tries. Elsewhere “Team Blue” competed bravely and James Young, Jonno Fletcher, Jay Westlake, Alistair Gibson and Jack Clarkson also stood out with determined, robust running leading to a good number of team and individual tries.

Sidmouth player of the day was awarded to Robson Dare who provided an entertaining display of precision passing, top rate tagging whilst also sharing the captaincy of “Team Green”

With all four teams playing side by side it was a great spectacle of junior rugby albeit it rather windy on the edge of the Exe estuary.  Overall the contest was superbly balanced and well fought setting the stage perfectly for our fixture this weekend at home against Teignmouth RFC.

Sidmouth Vs Withycombe U7's

This Sunday the whiff of a local derby was in the air with us welcoming Withycombe RFC Under7s to our Sidford Grounds, travelling from just along the coast in Exmouth.

To the backdrop of a rather unseasonably warm December morning Sidmouth turned out in numbers again with over 25 players, along with Withycombe fielding good numbers boosted by a few loan players from Sidmouth. This enabled us to field 8 teams for a 4 way round-robin mini tournament commencing after a minutes applause paying tribute to Lily Partridge of Topsham based Ladies Exonian Rugby Team who tragically passed away this week.

We also welcomed a unexpected flying visit from guest referee Father Christmas who popped in taking a break from his Christmas duties to referee a couple of matches for us whilst also checking all the kids were behaving themselves at this time of year. Santa was exceptionally fair with his mastery of the laws of Tag Rugby and awarded a number of bonus presents for the children to be delivered on Christmas day for their try scoring efforts. 

A great deal of local rivalry ensued across all of the matches played with both sides able to impress with displays of some great rugby skill , resulting in good competitive and fun play, fantastic attacking running,  fast paced end to end dual’s with some great trys and defence providing entertaining junior mini rugby for the on looking crowds of parents.

Results from the games played saw many of the games drawn and some very close scores, overall a draw between all sides was the final and fairest outcome of a good day, a great game experience for all involved.

Sidmouth player of the day was awarded to Arden Chipping , whom has only been playing tag rugby for a couple of months, a deserving winner showing determination, good passing skills and the fact that he was a loan player with Withycombe as well !

All in all, an excellent fun and enjoyable day both on the field for the players involved across all the teams, our thanks go to our guests Withycombe RFC whom were excellent opponents along with exceptional thanks to the team of Under7s parents whom provided the after match food along with the mince pies and mulled wine.

Special thanks also goes to Farther Christmas for being able to spare some time for the teams at such a busy time of year and to Ian Stone the Withy’s coach for personally arranging Santa’s visit from the North Pole.

We now enjoy a well earned Christmas break before welcoming in the New Year with a training session on the 3rd January. Were still welcoming new players to our  Under 6’s and 7’s and so if your son or daughter would like to try our great game “Tag Rugby” them please visit the Simouth RFC Junior’s website.

Sidmouth Vs Bridport U7s

Sidmouth U7s this week kicked off our 2016 season welcoming an across the Dorset border raiding party from Bridport RFC to who we visited to open our season back in October last year.

With the weather having not been kind to ourselves recently the pitch resembled a tropical mud bath for the kids with the chosen object of the day being mud pies. This much to the delight of the parents whom had to transport home their muddy kids along with the washing of the associated boots and kit after the match.

With Sidmouth this year having record numbers with over 35 players we lent willing volunteer George Williams to Bridport to make them up to 2 teams to compete against Sidmouth’s 4. With conditions under foot going from bad to worse the games played were an entertaining affair for all concerned particularly with the willing ness of the kids to mud slide, dive and generally get as muddy as they could.

Notable play in “Team Green 1” coached by head coach Mark Ross saw Jude Barrett taking on the family style of play from his Dad (Matt Barrett a former Sidmouth Chiefs player) with” route one” thought the middle of Bridports line with excellent offloads to Zac Dunstan in support, also choosing route one were Arden Chipping , James Young and Alistair Gibson who were equally good at their offloads to the supporting Elsie Wiltshire and Elliot Allen.

Player of the day was awarded to Adam Turley whom has only been playing tag rugby for 2 month’s but showed great determination, improvement in all areas of his game with a true rugby team spirit topped off by a number of well constructed darting runs and resulting tries. Much to his mum and dad’s enjoyment of Adam winning the trophy they also were awarded a bag of very dirty and muddy Team Shirts to wash this week.

Overall a draw between both sides was the final outcome of this fun fixture that was finished off with a large game of tag bulldog for the 45 players involved.  Our thanks goes to the Bridport coaches, players and supporting parents who made the day very enjoyable  

Under 7s & 8s New Team Kits



This week saw Sidmouth RFC Under-7s and Under-8s receive splendid new kits courtesy of some generous sponsorships from Sidmouth business’s, Morris Lettings, Rob Wood and Dotty Home.

The new shirts, designed and made by Canterbury, whom also sponsor the senior section of the club, were delivered last week and the team were able to wear them for the first time in last weekend’s fixtures against Honiton.

Sidmouth Under-7 coach Simon Dunstan said: “We have worked hard over the past 12 months to fundraise for the 90 shirts we needed for the teams. Happily, and much of this is down to the wonderful sponsors who have stepped into the breach along with funds from the senior section of the club, we were able to provide this new kit to replace a miss match of old tops that were getting rather dogged and showing their age!

“The new strip that is the same as the Sidmouth Chiefs first team’s colours looks fantastic and you could see that the Under-7s were really proud to receive and wear the new shirts on Sunday. I cannot thank these local businesses more for their support without whom this wouldn’t have been possible.”

Jim Swales, a coach with the Under-8s added: “We’ve worked hard as coaches and as a team to raise these funds for the kit. Simon (Dunstan) did a great job in organising everything and our Under-8 team wore them with pride on Sunday also managing to get them very muddy and so the kids mums and dads have the pleasure of also giving them their first wash!”


Under 7s new kit