Sidmouth Vs Topsham U9s

Topsham brought 3  x U9 teams to play Sidmouth's 3 U9 teams in excellent if slightly muddy rugby conditions:

The Sidmouth Snipers team played three games and as the sleepy dust cleared the tackling and passing improved, finishing with a tense, close final game.

The team consisted of: Jack Pugh, Matthew Thomas, Harry Wood, Toby Sanford, Alex Bagwell, Scott Monro-Higgs, Thomas Grove, Gyll Gray, Alexander Goody, Reece Hext and  Charlie Turley.Our first game was closely fought with Sidmouth just edging the win over a good Topsham team. With tries from Charlie Turley, Jack Pugh and Alec Bagwell. Topsham won our second game with good line speed and tackling, producing turnover ball despite ferocious Sidmouth tackling.

Our third game was by far the best of our performances with tries from Charlie Turley, Toby Sanford and Gyll Gray, who found his Speedy Gonzales boots up the middle of the park. They were all supported by good line speed from Scott Monro-Higgs, Matthew Thomas, Alexander Goody, and with the incentive of a party to attend/not attend Harry Wood tackled with ferocity to finish with a good Sidmouth win.

The Sidmouth Saints team consisted of had 3 great matches with exemplary tackling from Zac and Luca Arver, Herbie Isherwood and Toby Mortimer. The first game had Archie Rowcliffe make a come back and after this warm up game, which Sidmouth won, Archie confidently ran through tackles in the second game which Sidmouth again edged. The second game again had Lasiey Jackson side step past a number of players and Herbie Isherwood put in some good strong runs.

The final game had all team members on the back foot for the first half with Ben Brook, Ted Jenkins ,Laisey Jackson and Sam Hartland having to constantly tackle. Starting the second half a try down Sidmouth kept Topsham out but did not manage to convert the pressure to points although they camped a metre from the Topsham try line. William Allen who has improved dramatically over the season put in a couple of very good runs but was brought down before the line.

The Tackling Tigers team got off to a slow start in their first of three matches, failing to live up to their name and making their task harder by persistently fumbling the ball or running into touch! However that was all to change when Arlow Squires found his anger! In their second game Arlow Squires realised it took four of them to tackle him, and so started to run at Topsham like a D10 bulldozer, off loading to his team mates as the opposition attempted to fell the tree. Ellie Monro-Higgs set the standard for tackling, inspiring Harry McMahon to some fearless and crucial recovery tackles, and Dominic Clapp, Oscar Bruce and the Morris twins to pitch in with determined all round performances. Imy Bagwell ran the wings well, but Ellie Monro Higgs was the chief point scorer as they won the second match and narrowly lost their third.

A very muddy but happy Sunday morning of rugby. As usual it was great rugby against an evenly matched set of teams - thanks to Topsham players and coaches for a great morning.