Injury hit Sidmouth Colts kept discipline against Chiefs

Sidmouth started this game with confidence and began attacking the opposition well.

Merit Table: Sidmouth 7,

Exeter Chiefs 42

Sidmouth started this game with confidence and began attacking the opposition well.

In defence they stood tall and kept Exeter at bay. Dobby Robson was unlucky not to put Sidmouth ahead with an excellent run down the wing.

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An early kick was missed and, as confidence waned, Exeter piled on the pressure. Rob Jackson was outstanding in the forwards and put in strong tackles.

Another Sidmouth break was adjudged a forward pass and, against the run of play, after 25 minutes, Exeter scored their first try.

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Sidmouth were then plagued with a number of injuries in the forwards. Exeter added a second try before Robbie Ross released a great ball to Rob Cole who scored a try just on half time.

The second half saw more injuries which impacted on the dynamics of the team and Exeter quickly added their third try.

With the scrums now having to be uncontested, and Sidmouth running out of substitutes, the fitness and belief in the team began to subside.

Exeter are always going to produce a strong, well-drilled team but usually they are better disciplined and controlled on the pitch and heated exchanges were starting to take place on the pitch.

Sidmouth continued to battle hard and play rugby and Hugo Gosden and Ryan Davies put in solid performances. Exeter now dominated and put in two more tries to seal the win.

Manager John Hamill was delighted with the Sidmouth players saying:

"The lads have played a tough team and rose to the challenge, demonstrating courage, greater discipline and some excellent rugby.

"Well done.

"Now we know what you are capable of and what to build upon.

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