Sidmouth U9s - North Devon Tour

A great season closing tour of North Devon culminated in a series of great matches against Bideford. After a day sunning themselves on the beech playing a mini beech olympics and an evening awards ceremony presided over by His Honour Mark Ross, both U9 teams raised weary heads, dug deep and came out fighting against their opposition.

The Sidmouth Mohawks, even with tired heads, flew into the first match with some great tackling with Ben Brook, Arlo Squires, Sam Hartland, Oscar Bruce (winner of the 'I can stay up latest' competition), Harry Finch and Ted Jenkins(who also starred in the Ultimate Frisbee Olympic event) pinning Bideford back. Some great running rugby followed. Outstanding were Leon Rowley (top scorer with two tries), William Daniels, Ben Brook and Harry Wood which allowed Sidmouth to win the match 7 - 5.  

The second game was closer than the score reflected. Sidmouth had all the territory but Bideford really dug in time and time again. Sidmouth battered the try line 7 or 8 times during the match with Bideford denying several runs from Harry Wood, William Daniels and Ben Brook again. Four times, on the sixth Sidmouth tackle, Bideford won the ball and ran the length of the pitch scoring great breakaway tries. Bideford won the match against some tired legs 4-0. 

The Sidmouth Scalpers knew they were up against a tough opposition when in the first 2 minutes Bideford gained turnover ball with some ferocious tackling stopped the fast runners like Charlie Turley and Alexander Goody  to go 1 up. Sidmouth dug deep and started pushing Bideford back in the tackle with Toby Sanford, Alec Bagwell and Scott Monro Higgs putting in huge hits that forced the spectators back from the touch line to avoid getting involved. The centre runners like Jack Pugh, Herbie Isherwood, Reece Hext and Gyll Gray fought on determinably and slowly the match came back to more level terms. The final couple of minutes had Jack Pugh break the line taking a couple of players with him, quick hands moved the ball to the wing where sniper Alec Bagwell lowered his head and charged over the line to bring the score to 5-5 in their best game of rugby this season.

The second game Sidmouth won 5-2 with Charlie Turley scoring an intercept try and running the length of the pitch and Jack Pugh making it past 5 tacklers through pure power and determination to go over the line.

All in all an excellent end to the season and thanks go to Bideford for a great match and great hospitality.