Stronger tackling on the agenda

PUBLISHED: 10:00 16 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:13 17 June 2010

SIDMOUTH U13s started the new year with a comprehensive victory.

. By Rich JenkinsSidmouth RFC U13s 73, Honiton U13s 0SIDMOUTH U13s started the new year with a comprehensive victory, entirely reflected by the scoreline, against a Honiton team who lacked the cohesion and discipline of their opponents.The forward play was epitomised by the strong tackling and running of Rutland and Welsford, the latter capping an excellent performance with two late tries of the 'charging mammoth' variety. Down used his power to maximum effect and both he, Headon and Cooper gained a lot of ground throughout the game with Cooper showing his versatility with a conversion later on. Carlisle gave a terrific all-round performance, including two tries, one resulting from a solo run through four opponents. Pares' unsung work in the breakdown was second-to-none and his discipline in confrontation should set an example to all. Kearns, in his first game as captain, led from the front with his usual display of aggressive tackling and ground-gaining runs.The backs displayed fluent passing and communication with Jenkins organising and running well at fly-half and Goddard demonstrating a phenomenal workrate as always. Gosling's work from the ruck enabled the ball to be moved out swiftly and good running and handling from the likes of Malec resulted in several running tries, four for the unstoppable Webber and two for Faulkner, who retired early with a knee injury.A 44-0 scoreline at the break allowed several changes which yet again demonstrated the strength in depth of this squad, with good performances from scrum-half East, fly-half Harris, full-back Dicks, JPR, Seldon and wings Clayden and Norris, who scored his first try of the season. Marish also came on to score his first, charging 20 metres through the defence to carry the ball over the line. Overall a great attacking performance from the boys but stronger tackling may be required against stiffer opposition in the next few games

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