Rugby

Exeter Chiefs Director of Rugby Rob Baxter insists he’s edging ever closer to putting in place his squad for next season after two more of his current stars agreed new contracts with the club, writes Mark Stevens.

The indifferent form being suffered by Sidmouth Chiefs of late continued as they saw their challenge for the Western Counties (W) title suffer a serious setback as they were beaten 21-7 at a Bideford side that began the day sitting in the bottom four, writes Terry O’Brien.

For the second game in succession, Sidmouth Chiefs had to rely on their outstanding defence to avoid defeat and come away with two league points to keep them at the top of the table as they drew 11-11 with visiting Wellington, writes Terry O’Brien.

Sidmouth Chiefs have what looks to be a mouth-watering home fixture tomorrow (Saturday) with Wellington the visitors to the Blackmore (2.30pm).

The Quins Merit Table aspirations suffered a blow in a below-par performance against Exeter Engineers at Topsham where the Quins were beaten 17-15, writes Terry O’Brien.

The Sidmouth Chiefs Western Counties (West)rearranged match at Winscombe was called off as the pitch was unfit for play, writes Terry O’Brien.

Rob Baxter will tell you that his retention plans often outweigh that of a huge recruitment drive, such is his desire to ensure that continuity runs smoothly for both him and his players at Exeter Chiefs, writes Mark Stevens

If a team is going to win a league involving 26 matches, there are going to be occasions when they need to find a way of winning in adversity, writes Terry O’Brien.

Exmouth have five players involved with the Devon squad who will begin their Jason Leonard Under-20 County Championship campaign on Sunday (February 3) when they travel to St Austell to take on Tamar rivals Cornwall (1.30pm).

Cole Monaghan, a Sidmouth 16-year-old, has been selected to play in the Sanix World Youth Rugby Tournament that is being held in Japan later this year.

Rob Baxter’s forward-planning is gathering pace after the Exeter Chiefs Director of Rugby last night confirmed three more of his current squad have agreed new deals with the Gallagher Premiership club.

Sidmouth Under-11s met Exmouth in a local derby played at Sidford.

Sidmouth Chiefs returned to home winning ways with a 41-0 win over Truro, writes Terry O’Brien.

The Chiefs got their league promotion challenge back on track with a 43-29 bonus point win in an action-packed game against fifth-placed Tiverton at Coronation Field, writes Terry O’Brien.

Sidmouth Chiefs suffered their first league defeat of the season, going down 23-21 in a close fought game against second placed St Austell, despite controlling territory for much of the game, writes Terry O’Brien.

A big holiday crowd at the Blackmore Field saw the Chiefs just manage to extend their unbeaten record to four months in the traditional Boxing Day fixture, one that saw them defeat the President’s XV 27-26, writes Terry O’Brien.

It has been quite a year for Sidmouth RFC with the Chiefs resuming their league campaign on the first Saturday of January when they entertain the team sitting immediately below them at the top of the table, St Austell.

Sidmouth were without action for either the 1st XV or 2nd XV on a soggy third Saturday of December with both matches falling to waterlogged pitches.

Sidmouth Chiefs have reached the halfway stage of the league competition with an eleven-point lead over nearest rivals St Austell, who suffered a single point defeat at Kingsbridge, thanks to a bonus point win against old rivals Paignton, writes Terry O’Brien.

Sidmouth continued their charge at the top of the Western Counties (West) table with a 57-10 home success over Kingsbridge, writes Terry O’Brien.

Sidmouth Chiefs won their second game of the season on the other side of the Tamar with a solid performance in constant rain, but had to come from behind to do so against spirited Falmouth, defending an unbeaten home record, one broken by the Chiefs with a 26-17 final score, writes Terry O’Brien.

The biggest crowd of the season at the Blackmore enjoyed the autumn sunshine as they watched Sidmouth Chiefs end Crediton’s unbeaten run and put daylight between themselves and the chasing pack with an emphatic 40-0 win, writes Terry O’Brien.

Sidmouth U13 girls were in action at Crediton where they met the home side and then Kingsbridge.

Sidmouth Under-15 girls went down by the narrowest of margins – a single try – when they entertained Exeter before another excellent Sunday turnout at Sidford.

In an entertaining game played in difficult conditions, Sidmouth Quins were 34-20 winners at home to Crediton 2nds, a notable victory against opposition from the higher Merit Table demonstrating that they are worthy of promotion should they earn it at the end of the season, writes Terry O’Brien.

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