Young guns get to grips with 3rd XV rugby

PUBLISHED: 11:00 09 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:09 17 June 2010

With the second team match cancelled at 12.30pm Hakim Bakrim's problem of only having 12 third team players suddenly disappeared, and he travelled to Crediton with 22.

Crediton 28, Sidmouth RFC 3rd XV 17With the second team match cancelled at 12.30pm Hakim Bakrim's problem of only having 12 third team players suddenly disappeared, and he travelled to Crediton with 22. Arriving at Crediton all but a small, sloping school pitch were partially frozen, giving the referee little choice but to play on it. Crediton's first team match also being cancelled ensured that they too had a strong squad and promised a close game. Playing down the hill first half Sidmouth started with the old guard, leaving the young guns shivering on the touch line. Within five minutes the ball was moved out wide to Sam Cummins on the wing who cut inside to touch down, Jerry Trump adding the conversion. The home side responded in typical style by keeping the ball in the forwards up through the middle to score a converted try under the posts. Trump kept up the pressure with a well struck penalty to give the Greens a three point lead. Crediton reverted to their tactics and kept Sidmouth in their own 22 until a passing move by the backs allowed Cummins to offload well to Trump who scored close in to make his conversion easy, giving Sidmouth a 17 points to 7 half time lead. With half the team changing for the second half, the young players found it difficult to adapt to third team rugby and soon conceded two converted tries as the Crediton forwards took control and kept it tight. Fitness began to tell and several searching encounters into the opposing 22 failed to cross the line. Some poor options also made it difficult but, with five minutes remaining, Sidmouth were camped near the home team line until the ball was called out of the scrum and Jon Gardiner touched it down but was adjudged offside. Crediton took a quick tap and ran the whole length of the field down hill to score on the final whistle and take the win 28 points to 17. Despite the score all the players were grateful for the opportunity to run off some of the Christmas spirit. l Thanks are due to Top Sports of Sidmouth for providing new match balls for third team home games.


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