Sidmouth Chiefs chalk up fifth straight league win

PUBLISHED: 17:51 13 December 2017 | UPDATED: 17:51 13 December 2017

Sidmouth Chiefs have been awarded the Tribute Leagues Devon team of the month for November. Terry O'Brien is shown handing over the award of Tribute Ale to Chiefs' skipper Ollie Pyne.
During the month of November the Chiefs won all their league games, one of which was against table-topping Devonport Services.

Sidmouth Chiefs have been awarded the Tribute Leagues Devon team of the month for November. Terry O'Brien is shown handing over the award of Tribute Ale to Chiefs' skipper Ollie Pyne. During the month of November the Chiefs won all their league games, one of which was against table-topping Devonport Services.

Archant

Sidmouth powered their way to a fifth straight league success with a 49-7 win over Wadebridge Camels, writes Terry O’Brien.

With such a convincing scoreline, defence would not be expected to feature prominently in the match report.

However, it was the outstanding Sidmouth defence which laid the foundation for victory, while some clinical finishing decided the margin.

Wadebridge had as much possession as the Chiefs and showed equal ambition with the ball in hand, but could not find a way through or around the determined and well-marshalled defence until deep into injury time. Indeed, such was the effectiveness of the home defence that Wadebridge could barely penetrate, let alone gain a foothold, inside the Sidmouth 22.

The visitors kicked off in good conditions and the opening stages were evenly contested until Rory O’Brien found space on the blindside of a ruck to burst up-field into the opposing 22. The forwards took over to advance the ball through a series of rucks before the ball was released to the backs with a big overlap to the left. Luke Wells-Burr applied the finishing touch for Dan Retter to kick the first of seven out of seven conversions.

Midway through the half, Wells-Burr was in action again on the end of a fluent handling move. He was eventually tackled just short of the line, but Sione Livai was on hand to force his way over from the base of the resulting ruck.

When Rory O’Brien fielded a loose clearance kick on halfway, he initiated a handling move, which sent Ethan Mead sprinting over in the left corner. Then, in first-half injury time, Ethan Mead scooped up a loose ball to embark on a solo run to touch down for a bonus point fourth try.

The Chiefs kicked off the second half and immediately regained possession to set up camp inside the Wadebridge 22. The defence was solid until Sidmouth were awarded a penalty. Dan Retter took a quick tap and found Rory O’Brien in support to sprint over for try number five.

The Chiefs were soon back on the attack and a series of rucks near the line stretched the defence. Ethan Mead came off his wing to cut through a gap in the centre and complete his hat-trick. The 18-year old Devon Colt has now scored nine tries in his debut season.

With ten minutes to go, a laboured handling move seemed to be well covered until Luke Wells-Burr cut inside and weaved his way in under the posts from 40 metres out.

With Wadebridge attacking strongly, Nick Mills was yellow carded for stopping a driving maul illegally. Despite strong resistance, Wadebridge kept up the pressure and eventually made the extra man count, when a forward burst over following a move from a five-metre scrum. The successful conversion was followed by the final whistle.

On Saturday the Chiefs entertain promotion hopefuls Kingsbridge attempting to reverse a 40 point hammering at High House in September. The kick off is at 2.30pm.

The Quins hope to continue their winning run at Kingsbridge.

The Colts travel to Newton Abbot.

Other Sport Stories

Yesterday, 12:10

Tipton’s match with Yarcombe and Stockland had a strange start, writes Phil Wright.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:09

In just nineteen short seasons, the ‘Cases’ Somerset Rebels have come from being the newest club in British Speedway, competing in the then Conference League, to the brink of a shot at the league title in the top domestic tier of the sport, writes Dave Thompson.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:07

Sidmouth Raiders Under-15s powered their way to a 5-1 win over Stoke Hill when the side’s met to contest an Exeter and District Youth League meeting.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:07

Sidmouth Town became the first side to deny Bovey Tracey all three points in a South West Peninsula League Eastern Division match this season when the sides shared six goals in a midweek floodlit thriller at Manstone Lane.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:01

The Ottery St Mary outdoor season came to a close last Sunday (September 16), writes Michael Smith.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:30

Sidmouth Warriors Under-13s were 1-0 winners when they travelled to Dawlish for their latest Exeter and District Youth League match.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:32

Sidmouth never quite reproduced the sparkling form they have shown in their two games on the Blackmore, but they were still good enough to come away from St Austell with a 20-13 victory, writes Clive Dwerryhouse.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:31

The golfing season starts in customary style with the captains’ drive-in and outgoing captains’ putt-out, writes Hugh Dorliac.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:29

Sidmouth Town Reserves were undone 4-1 on their visit to Exeter to face Heavitree United Reserves in a Macron Division One game.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:28

Beer Reserves were beaten 4-2 when they travelled into Exeter to face University Fourths in a Macron League Division Three match.

Read more

Local Weather

Heavy Showers

Heavy Showers

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 9°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life


Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sidmouth Herald twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy


Show Job Lists


Find planning applications