Exeter Chiefs V Sidmouth U9s

Sidmouth took 3 teams to play the Exeter Chiefs U9s team on Sunday. Playing the first game of the morning Sidmouth were straight into their tackles with Exeter Chiefs winning the toss and opting to start with the ball. Captained by Thomas Grove, some good low tackles were made by all along with straight running. The team included Zac & Luca Arver, Charley Thurley, Harry Wood, Scott Monro Higgs, Alec Bagwell, Reece Hext, Herbie Isherwood  and Toby Sanford. 

This was our first intense match of the season with possession rarely changing as each team kept a good defensive line. Chiefs scored first with Sidmouth replying soon after. Chiefs number 4 put in some excellent tackles and at half time the scores were equal following an extra try per team. This led to an exciting second half with Sidmouth edging a close win just before the final whistle.

Sidmouth team 2 were second up to play a Chiefs team wounded by their earlier defeat to Sidmouth t. Alexander Goody rallied his players and set a fine example with his fast and robust running to open the try account. Being exposed to the contact game for only the 2nd match they stuck to their defensive task well, Jack Pugh and Tom Bird making their presence well known to the opposition. Frustratingly their endeavours couldn't secure them a victory, but they left the field with heads held high and a smiles all round. 

The third match was played at a fast pace with tackles requiring the turn over of the ball a number of times and neither side giving an inch.  The Sidmouth team improved throughout the match losing the first half but drawing the second one all as players such as Laisey Jackson, Ben Brook, Tom Biggers and Ellie Monro Higgs dug deep and stepped up to the mark to produce tackle after tackle. Newer players such as Toby and William Morris, Ted Jenkins, Will Daniels and  Dominic Clapp improved immensely learning to protect the ball so Exeter couldn't get their hands on it. The Sidmouth  try was created by a pass from Imy Bagwell setting up Daisy Grove to run half the length of the pitch outpacing the Exeter players.