Sidmouth Under-18 girls march into next round of the Devon Cup

PUBLISHED: 11:31 20 November 2019

Sidmouth RFC Undedr-18 girls team. Picture SIDMOUTH RFC

Sidmouth RFC Undedr-18 girls team. Picture SIDMOUTH RFC

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Sidmouth Under-18 girls made progress in the Devon Cup with a splendid team performance that saw them defeat Exeter Saracens 43-25.

Action from the Sidmouth girls Under-18 Cup win over Exeter Saracens. Picture: SIDMOUTH RFCAction from the Sidmouth girls Under-18 Cup win over Exeter Saracens. Picture: SIDMOUTH RFC

From the first whistle the Sidmouth team played with genuine composure and on the front foot applying plenty of early pressure and, as a result of the pressure, errors were made in the Saracens back line and the first try of the contest was on the board!

With a good crowd at the Blackmore on a sunny Sunday afternoon, the powerful start set up the home team to go on and, led by their outstanding captain Lauren Chown the team took charge of proceedings!

The front row of Emily Cozens, Abby French and Hannah Rugg along with the second row Esme Bagwell and Cleo Turley kept the opposition at bay in the scrum and the line out and they were collectively quick to contest their opposite numbers when Saracens tried to run with the ball.

Minty May, at scrum half, controlled the phases expertly and her partnership fly-half Lucy Tanner saw the ball moved well on a regular basis to centres Evie Trafford and Hatty Tremlett who then were able to release wingers Lauren Chown or Bella Breen.

Action from the Sidmouth girls Under-18 Cup win over Exeter Saracens. Picture: SIDMOUTH RFCAction from the Sidmouth girls Under-18 Cup win over Exeter Saracens. Picture: SIDMOUTH RFC

Saracens played their part in a compelling encounter, but, when the full-time whistle was blown it was the home side who had booked a berth in the next round of the competition.

The foundation of the Sidmouth success was their all-round team play that embraced disciplined and organised defence with blistering pace and excellent handling in the final third.

In all, the scored seven tries with Hatty Tremlett, Esme Bagwell, Bella Breen and Evie Trafford all crossing the whitewash while Lucy Tanner sent over four conversions.

Sidmouth Under-18 girls team are always very pleased to welcome new players and any prospective new players are welcome to get along to the club on Sundays when they train from 1.30pm to 3pm.

Action from the Sidmouth girls Under-18 Cup win over Exeter Saracens. Picture: SIDMOUTH RFCAction from the Sidmouth girls Under-18 Cup win over Exeter Saracens. Picture: SIDMOUTH RFC

Find out more about all things girls rugby at Sidmouth RFC by emailing girlsadmin@sidmouthrfc.co.uk

Action from the Sidmouth girls Under-18 Cup win over Exeter Saracens. Picture: SIDMOUTH RFCAction from the Sidmouth girls Under-18 Cup win over Exeter Saracens. Picture: SIDMOUTH RFC

Action from the Sidmouth girls Under-18 Cup win over Exeter Saracens. Picture: SIDMOUTH RFCAction from the Sidmouth girls Under-18 Cup win over Exeter Saracens. Picture: SIDMOUTH RFC

Action from the Sidmouth girls Under-18 Cup win over Exeter Saracens. Picture: SIDMOUTH RFCAction from the Sidmouth girls Under-18 Cup win over Exeter Saracens. Picture: SIDMOUTH RFC

Action from the Sidmouth girls Under-18 Cup win over Exeter Saracens. Picture: SIDMOUTH RFCAction from the Sidmouth girls Under-18 Cup win over Exeter Saracens. Picture: SIDMOUTH RFC

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