Defeat but quality shining through

PUBLISHED: 13:16 26 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:21 17 June 2010

Top of the table Barnstaple confirmed their dominance in this clash. However, as the score line suggests, this was not a walk in the park!

Top of the table Barnstaple confirmed their dominance in this clash. However, as the score line suggests, this was not a walk in the park!

Sidmouth opened the scoring with a penalty kick struck by Ollie Derryman 12 minutes into the game.

Barnstaple fought back with an unconverted try.

Sidmouth have made many improvements - the lineouts in particular - and hooker Finlay Cawthero was throwing cleanly, ensuring Sidmouth competed well, and stealing the ball, too.

The forwards were strong in the scrums and quick to support the ball carrier - evidence that the training is paying off!

Ross McGilchrist was unlucky to be substituted for injury and Derryman was binned, allowing Barnstaple to take the opportunity to scored again just before half time to bring it to 12--3.

The Sidmouth forwards applied pressure early in the second half with some good rucks and driving by Rob Jackson, Richard Hodges and Matt Farrington, and were rewarded with a try by stalwart Derryman.

Sam Sowden showed his versatility, playing prop, and Sam Greenslade supplied the backs with quick and clean ball.

The backs did not feature much in this game but tackled well and Barnstaple tried to break down the Sidmouth defence on many occasions during the rest of the game but found no way through, proving that Sidmouth could rally and defend well under pressure.

Dan Ledger earned the man-of-the- match award for his tenacious tackling and driving and, although this game was lost, both captain Farrington and coach Bo Vanstone agreed that this had been a great game with every player demonstrating commitment and team work.

The quality is shining through and this week the colts entertain Exeter Chiefs at home when they look forward to turning the tables and coming out triumphant.

By Marc Colson

Sidmouth Colts rugby

Barnstaple 12, Sidmouth 8


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