Cullopmton Vs Sidmouth U8s

A strong contingent made the journey to the welcoming Culompton RFC at a slightly earlier time to allow Mother’s Day lunches to go ahead with minimal delay. With 16 kids from Sidmouth and 18 from Cullompton we set about 8-a-side games trying to focus on passing, retaining the ball and defensive pressure. The first round of matches were played at a high tempo with lots of great quality rugby from both clubs. On slightly bigger pitches than previous weeks the kids had to work hard in attack and defense.

Game 1: The Sidmouth defense was superb and we took great pride in seeing two 7 tag turnovers by Sidmouth both of which led to a try being scored although Cullompton stuck to their task and got 2 tries back. At half time we were level pegged on 2 all and the second half continued in the same vein, strong attack and defense – Leah Patch was a particular thorn in Cullompton’s side easily topping the tagging table – well done Leah. Having just scored their 3rd try, unfortunately the kids switched off for a moment to let Cullompton back in and despite pushing to the end there was no way through for the winning score: FT 3-3.

Game 2: The Sidmouth kids had clearly had their Weetabix (other cereals are available) and they stormed to a commanding lead, Karan Bountra and Eli Moss leading the charge ably supported by Henry Tanner and Will Cotton with great passing and very few dropped balls. The first half ended with Sidmouth in front 3-1 and after a quick break the level of play continued with Cullompton now warmed up and providing a sterner test restricting Sidmouth to just the one further score and getting one back for themselves but they couldn’t do enough to stop Sidmouth winning: FT 4-2

Game 3: Swapping opposition, Sidmouth were really into their stride with some lovely free flowing rugby and good skills on show – a great straight run from Isaac Wall saw the ball go through the hands to Sam Smart who stretched his legs flying up the wing, although the try line was in sight, 3 defenders were closer but before being caught Sam made a lovely pass over the top which was collected by Noah Clifton to finish off with a flurry – well done kids! Everything was going Sidmouth’s way this time and unfortunately for Cullompton they kept finding the touchline gifting possession back to Sidmouth who were only too happy to accept: FT 6-1

Game 4: The good play continued for Sidmouth and a tight first half ended 3-2 to Sidmouth. The second half again went to Sidmouth with fabulous work by Alex Harvey and Joseph Hooper helping to seal the win: FT 5-3.

All in all, Sidmouth won 3 and drew 1, a very good result. Most importantly we saw the kids having a great time and developing their skills. The player of the day was a close call this week, the aforementioned Leah Patch having stepped up a level this week but she was pipped to the post by Jake Dunstan for great defense, attack and teamwork – well done Jake.