Thursday, March 14, 2013
Sidmouth 40, Honiton 5
Sidmouth Under-15s powered to a derby success at home to Honiton, writes Steve Searle
It was a mighty impressive all-round show from the team who also had to combat difficult conditions, with a bitterly cold wind on a wet and very greasy pitch as they cruised to victory.
Sidmouth struck the games opening score when David Chan broke through and passed to Tom Counsell who, finding his path blocked, off-loaded to Angus Eaton who put it down in the corner to.
The next try came from a lineout five yards from the Honiton line and Dave Chan bulldozed his way through the Honiton defence to score.
The strong Honiton pack were instrumental in their side bagging a try back after good steady pressure finally put them over the line.
Sidmouth came back again with Theo Headon making a mighty shove in a ruck to gain the ball which then went out to the three quarters where Tom Counsell ran in the next try to send Sidmouth into half time with a 15-5 lead.
After the break Sidmouth enjoyed even greater dominance! The forwards won a scrum and Tom Counsell crossed once more.
Angus Eaton ran the next try in followed not long afterwards by Tom Counsell who, shortly after, scooped up a loose ball ten yards out to gain his fourth try of the game.
The last try of the match was also the most impressive. Honiton kicked off, Dave Chan bent over scooped the ball up just as a Honiton player ran in and attempted a tackle.
Chan ended up with his head between the defender legs and, like a charging bull, and, with the defender hanging upside down on his back, ran five metres before shaking him off and sprinting 70-yards to the line!
On a pitch where grass was hard to find not a single try was converted and watching from the side line you almost expected the ball to stick to the kicker’s foot such were the conditions. It was a credit to both sides that they played so well.
Your match reporter struggled to write with hands that were numb with the cold and the worst I had was a cold pen not a freezing wet rugby ball!