Sidmouth Chiefs out powered in the forwards as Clevedon take the points

09:46 19 April 2014

Sidmouth Chiefs V Clevedon at the weekend. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shsp 9504-16-14AW. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

Sidmouth Chiefs V Clevedon at the weekend. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shsp 9504-16-14AW. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

Archant

Sidmouth 23, Clevedon 42

Forward power was once again the decisive factor as Clevedon got the result which removed the final threat of relegation, writes Terry O’Brien.

For their part, the Chiefs showed their fighting spirit with a strong finish and two well-constructed tries.

Despite struggling in the scrums, the Chiefs featured well in the first quarter and deservedly led thanks to three Dan Retter penalties. The backs showed their potential with two slick handling moves to give wingers Jevon Astley-Jones and Jeremy Massey-Birch a run up the touchlines. Between this action Clevedon scored a try, which the Chiefs would rather forget. A poor kick and weak tackling gifted a try to the scrum half, which was converted.

Clevedon regained the lead when a good bit of continuity stretched the Sidmouth defence to create an overlap for the right winger to score in the corner. The successful conversion was soon followed by a penalty.

Clevedon continued to press and both Sidmouth wingers made try-saving tackles, while man-of-the-match Dan Rugg made a vital steal on his goal line. The score remained 9-17 at the break.

The Chiefs started the second half brightly, but a penalty clearance kick pushed them back into their own half. The Clevedon pack took control for the remainder of the third quarter. They powered over for three close range tries in quick succession. The number five drove over from a ruck near the line and two were scored by the number six supporting breaks by the number eight from scrums inside the 22. One was converted.

When the Chiefs used a penalty to kick for the corner, James Salter secured possession from the resulting lineout and the forwards set up a driving maul. Dan Rugg peeled off to gain a few more yards before the ball was released to the backs. Tristan Beavis ran a superb angle onto Dan Retter’s pass to break through and score near the posts. Retter added the conversion.

Cleve were soon back on the attack and the number six completed his hat trick after a series of pick and drives had taken play to the line. A few minutes later, they added a penalty.

The Chiefs finished strongly. Two breaks by Giles Dixon took him close to scoring on each occasion before an inside pass from Dan Retter wrong footed the defence and George Locke cut through to touch down. Dan Retter’s conversion was followed by the final whistle.

On Saturday the Chiefs travel to Weston super Mare to take on league leaders Hornets.

At the Blackmore the Colts entertain Crediton Colts kicking off is at 3pm.

On Good Friday there is a special challenge match with a Sidmouth XV playing Ottery Pixies. The kick off is at 3pm.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Sidmouth Herald visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Sidmouth Herald staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Sidmouth Herald account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Sport Stories

10:51
Sidmouth III skipper David Watkins hits out

Hugely strengthened by returning players and the surprise inclusion of the 2nd XI’s leading wicket- taker, Sidmouth 3rd XI raced to their second win of the campaign at Bradninch.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:01

There are just three weeks remaining in the Honiton Summer Netball League campaign, writes Graham Ingram.

Read more
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Golf generic picture

Unfortunatly, Sidmouth Ladies were unable to play this week due to the sea mist!, writes Maria Clapp.

Read more
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Golf generic picture

The Charles Stanley Monday Stableford was won this week by John Jones who scored 39 points, writes John Barnard.

Read more
Saturday, June 25, 2016
golf generic picture

The Sidmouth Jewellers Friday stableford was won impressively this week, by Aston Puckey, writes John Barnard.

Read more
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Wood Driver by Golf Ball June 2000

The second round of the Emerton Court for Sidmouth Golf Club was played this week by Sidmouth Golf Club, writes John Barnard.

Read more
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Looking out from a cricket scorers position

Not even the best attempts of an English ‘summer’ can dampen the growing confidence of Ottery St Mary U11 cricket team as their season goes from strength to strength with another victory.

Read more
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Sidbury Under-10 softball team were 10-run winners when they travelled to Mid Devon to take on Sampford Peverell.

Read more
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Cricket

Sidmouth II continued their domination of the Tolchards Devon League 2nd XI Premier Division, strengthening their grip on top spot with an emphatic seven wicket win at Plympton.

Read more
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Sidmouth are the new leaders in the Premier Division after wrapping up a nine-wicket win over bottom side Brixham in double-quick time, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 10°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


HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications