Robson Dare stars for Sidmouth Under-7s in Topsham matches

Sidmouth RFC Under-7s pull funny faces before their latest round of matches

Sidmouth RFC Under-7s pull funny faces before their latest round of matches - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Under-7s were in action against Topsham and their meeting was switched to the drier climes of the artificial surface at the home of the Royal Marines, Lympstone, writes Simon Dunstan.

Both sides were well numbered – and supported – and so over 50 youngsters got a taste of action!

The speed and intensity was cranked up an extra level fro previous outings and, with firmer conditions under foot, there was plenty of sharp zigzag running on show as well as dinking side-steps, swift running and timely off-loading of the ball. Furthermore, an impressive feature from both sides was a strong defensive line which serves to demonstrate both how much the two teams are developing and indeed the coaching they are receiving.

Sidmouth reds demonstrated exceptional tactical awareness with their movement of the ball. Some bold, penetrating running from Noah Helm, Ewan Kirk, Isobel Wood and Maddie Russell led to some well-worked team tries.

Team blues competed bravely and James Young, Jonno Fletcher, Jay Westlake, Alistair Gibson and Jack Clarkson all stood out with determined, robust running that also led to a good number of team and individual tries.

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The Sidmouth player of the day award went to Robson Dare who provided an entertaining display of precision passing, top rate tagging whilst also sharing the captaincy of the green team.

With all four teams playing side by side it was a great spectacle of junior rugby albeit it rather windy on the edge of the Exe Estuary!

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Overall the contest was superbly balanced and well fought. The all-round performance augers well for this coming weekend home matches with Teignmouth.

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