Sidmouth Chiefs win well at Tiverton

PUBLISHED: 10:08 27 February 2018 | UPDATED: 16:23 27 February 2018

Sidmouth 2nds at home to Exeter Engineers at the Sidford ground. Ref shsp 06 18TI 7054. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth 2nds at home to Exeter Engineers at the Sidford ground. Ref shsp 06 18TI 7054. Picture: Terry Ife


Sidmouth Chiefs were good value for a 22-12 victory at Tiverton in a re-arranged Western Counties (West) meeting, writes Terry O’Brien.

The late withdrawal by Dan Retter saw Cameron Grainger drafted in to fill the fly half position, one he hasn’t played in for a few seasons. He did a creditable job of keeping his side going forward and the back line running smoothly. However, Retter’s reliable goal kicking was missed!

The Chiefs’ ability to turn counterattacking opportunities into points was the decisive factor in this otherwise equally contested game. However, this was certainly not evident in the opening five minutes, when two clear chances from turnovers fell victim to basic handling errors.

Apart from these breakaway opportunities, Tiverton had the best of the opening exchanges without threatening the Sidmouth line.

The Chiefs opened the scoring after six minutes, when Tiverton dropped the ball just outside their own 22 and Ollie Pyne scooped it up. He set up a handling move finished off by brother Jack. The try was unconverted.

Tiverton were soon on level terms when they kicked a penalty to the corner and the forwards mauled their way over from the resulting lineout.

The Chiefs had the better of things through the middle of the half and scored two tries to build up a useful lead.

A Tiverton clearance kick was fielded by Luke Wells-Burr on his own ten metre line and his long pass found Ethan Mead in space on the left. The prolific teenager did well to beat two defenders on his way to touching down under the posts. Rory O’Brien added the conversion.

Minutes later, a good handling move sent Mead on another run into the 22 to create a good attacking position. When Tiverton were penalised in front of their posts, the routine three points was ignored in favour of a quick tap penalty. The decision paid off as good, accurate handling found Ben Pratt in space to race over for an unconverted try.

Tiverton finished the half strongly, but could not make any further impression on the well-organised Sidmouth defence.

Another Tiverton kick downfield, fielded by Luke Wells-Burr, provided the starting point for Sidmouth’s fourth try, but this was one for which they had to work much harder. With forwards and backs combining well, the ball was moved to the right and back to the left until an overlap was created on the right wing for Rory O’Brien to run in the bonus point score, which was unconverted.

Playing down the slope, Tiverton fought back strongly and deservedly cut the arrears midway through the half when the number eight broke from a scrum ten metres out to power his way over. The try was converted by the fly half.

The Chiefs continued to compete well, but each time they worked their way into the opposing half they conceded penalties and found themselves back in defence.

Tiverton, for their part, could not find a way through the Sidmouth defence, which kept both shape and discipline until the final whistle.

On Saturday the Chiefs travel across the Somerset border to take on Chard. The kick-off is at 2.30pm.

At the Blackmore Field, the Colts make a rare appearance when they entertain Teignmouth Colts.

Other Sport Stories


Sidmouth Chiefs suffered only their second defeat since October as Chard scored a converted try in the last minute of injury time to easy their relegation worries with a bonus point win, courtesy of a 24-22 final score, writes Terry O’Brien.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:24

Ottery St Mary climbed to sixth in Macron League Division Three after a 3-2 win at Budleigh Salterton.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:57

The 2018 Grizzly is off! However, they are to run a modified CUB run covering a 10-mile route – the Grizzly is a 20-mile event.

Read more
Fri, 15:11

Sidmouth and Ottery Hockey Club (SOHC) men’s third team recorded an excellent result when they drew 1-1 at the home of third-in-the-table ECV Hornets B in a South East Two meeting.

Read more
Fri, 13:27

Sidmouth and Ottery Hockey Club (SOHC) ladies’ 2nd XI were good value for an outstanding 3-1 home win over Taunton Vale.

Read more
Fri, 12:49

On Wednesday afternoon, Sidmouth men played in the quarter-finals of the Devon County Over-60s League, writes Carol Smith.

Read more
Fri, 12:47

On Wednesday, Sidmouth ladies held a fun competition, writes Maria Clapp.

Read more
Fri, 12:46

Sidmouth Town did not have a game last Saturday and it’s a similar case tomorrow (March 17).

Read more
Fri, 12:45

Sidmouth men were in action in what was the penultimate match of their Devon Interclub League campaign, writes Carol Smith.

Read more
Fri, 12:42

Sidmouth Chiefs had to draw on all their reserves to salvage a 17-all draw in their derby meeting with Crediton at the Blackmore, writes Terry O’Brien.

Read more

Local Weather



max temp: -1°C

min temp: -3°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
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications