Avalanche of tournament tries

Sidmouth RFC U7s sent a strong squad to the Ivybridge tournament last Sunday.

Sidmouth RFC U7s sent a strong squad to the Ivybridge tournament last Sunday.The sun blazed down all day and spirits were high as the lads rehearsed their pre-match drills and check lists.Game 1 pitted Sidmouth against the hosts Ivybridge B who quickly buckled under strong running from all Sidmouth's players.The boys played uphill for both halves due to some questionable refereeing, but this proved no obstacle as Sidmouth ran out winners 5-2.Next up were Totnes who looked tricky and had a couple of dangerous runners. Louis 'the hit man' Stamp was given his orders to man mark their most agile runner and kept the lad quiet all game. After a worrying start where Totnes scored first, the floodgates opened and Sidmouth scored with every possession. They also tag tackled well enough to limit Totnes's scoring capabilities. Final score Sidmouth 5-3.Game 3 saw Sid take on a well drilled Devonport Services side who looked slick. Tit-for-tat scoring ensued with fine tries for Josh Roberts and one courtesy of a devastating side step from William Kennaugh. Finlay Morgan, who'd so far had a quiet tournament, chipped in with two long range efforts and Stamp continued to terrorise their attack and also seemed to scored at will. Final score 5 tries to 4 in Sidmouth's favour.The final game presented Sidmouth with yet another unknown opposition in the form of Paignton. From the off 'The Cherries' struggled to match Sidmouth's flair and an avalanche of tries ensued. Cole Monaghan and Alex Peacock breezed through to the try line whilst Archie Rowe ripped open a flagging defence with a sparkling turn of pace. Sebastian contributed with some smooth handling, Max Dix and Jack Jenkins saw some action too. With rapid substitute rotation Sidmouth managed to play all 12 players each game with Liberty and Rupert Gaukroger making valuable contributions. Final tally 6 tries to 1 which gave Sidmouth an unbeaten record for the day. Thanks must also go to Mike Stamp who surreptitiously sussed out the other matches for detailed opposition reports.

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