Lowe try is consolation for Sidmouth Under-14s in Barum defeat

Rugby action Sidmouth Under-14s versus Barnstaple at Sidford

Rugby action Sidmouth Under-14s versus Barnstaple at Sidford - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth 7 Barnstaple 48 Sidmouth Under-14s welcomed Barum to a rain-sodden Sidford, writes Chris Woodruff.

Both teams had not seen action mid-December, and were eager to resume playing!

The visitors dominated the first half as a rusty home side gave them far too much space to exploit.

With speed and size a series of tries quickly followed as Barum eased their way to a comfortable 34-0 lead at the break.

A half-time char from coaches Harris and Mead had the desired effect as Sidmouth started the second period with far greater tempo and purpose and their renewed endeavour was rewarded with a try and conversion from Lowe in which an impressive Skelding played a key role.


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A period of balanced play followed with Sidmouth moving well and pressing up on the Barum line, matching larger players blow for blow!

Unfortunately, injury enforced changes were a blow to the Sidmouth cause and this created gaps which the visitors exploited to the full and it was they who finished strongly to seal victory.

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The second half performance suggests this could have been a much closer game but for a more positive start from Sidmouth.

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