Inspiration for Sidmouth Colts

PUBLISHED: 09:00 30 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:23 17 June 2010

Will Gater

Will Gater

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A good crowd greeted the Exeter Chiefs' Colts side at the Blackmore and observed a good game of rugby.

By Marc ColsonSidmouth Colts 5, Exeter Chiefs Colts 27A good crowd greeted the Exeter Chiefs' Colts side at the Blackmore and observed a good game of rugby. Sidmouth's winger Tom Ross started the scoring off in the first few minutes with a diving try into the corner following a quick ball from fly half Will Dunford. Exeter, however, weren't going to be caught napping again! They came back with some unrelenting pressure which Sidmouth held off for quite a while but, in the end, Exeter broke through the gaps to score. From the restart, Sidmouth were opened up in their defence and, with tackles being missed, it wasn't long before Exeter sidestepped their way over for their second try. Their third wasn't long behind with a cheeky but cleverly worked grubber kick into the corner and Sidmouth began to struggle. Heads, however, did not drop and the team battled on. Stuart Bickerstaff had a blistering run through the field making good ground but the lack of support and the excellent Exeter defence ended this flurry.Following half time Sidmouth came out with renewed determination and had a really good lengthy spell, holding off Exeter and finding themselves in the opposition's 22. Exeter managed to fight back and twice went over the line, only to find the ball held up by the one player who always finds his way to the bottom of any pile- up - Bickerstaff! Ultimately the pressure was too much and Exeter scored a couple more. Coach Bo Vanstone in summing up stated: "This was in no way a disgrace. Exeter are a well drilled and physical side and serve as an inspiration to others." Man of the Match was awarded to Will Gater who, as number 15, sustained much of the pressure and whose tackling saved the score line being less than complimentary.

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