Could be impressive

Sidmouth Quins, 24, Okehampton 18

A minute’s silence was held for the club’s director of rugby and great friend of many "Tug" Wilson before kickoff, writes Steve Channing.

The Quins won this bottom of the table match, through hard work and a impressive debut from young Gerrard Goosen.

The first quarter was a even affair,with both teams giving their all. A blind side break, gave wing Ben Salter space to get into the visitors’ 22. Quick ball spread to the other wing was only halted by some great defence from the visitors.

Sidmouth missed a penalty but soon Dan Colson broke through a couple of tacklers to dot down wide out. Ben Pratt slotted the conversion delightfully.

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Okehampton responded with a penalty after the Quins got caught trying to run a ball out of their own quarter rather than kicking deep. Goosen stole the kick off with a superb jump and catch to set up another quick ball to Dan Colson who drew in the covering defence, a long pass to wing. Adam Squance gave him enough time to squeeze over the line for his first second team try. Pratt once again dissected the uprights for a worthy 14-3 lead. Stuart Bickerstaff picked up a loose ball from a scrum on the halfway line and ran in, beating the last man with a tidy step inside. A lapse in concentration from the Quins allowed Okehampton to score under the posts just before half time to trail by nine at the turn.

Late arrival Martin Keywood, replaced Neil Barrett who put in a tremendous shift at prop (usually hooks). Dom Hawke intercepted a ball on Oke’s 10 metre line, outpacing the chasing defence to extend the lead to 14 points. What the Quins thought was going to be an easy last quarter, was far from it. Okehampton pressed at all times, and were clearly the fitter, resulting in another try and a penalty to close the gap to six points.

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A bit more exertion on the fitness levels will gain more positive results. This week see the Quins travel to top table Brixham.

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