Sidmouth All Blacks take the day’s honours
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Sidmouth Under-9s had three teams in action at Cullompton on Mothers Day.
Team Green were first in action in what became a bruising encounter! Ultimately, the evasiveness of Charley Turley and strength of Toby Sanford was the difference between the two sides, but this was built on a defensive foundation laid on good tackling, as ever by Alec Bagwell. However, the highlight of the match was a tremendous show of strength and nous by Scott Monro-Higgs when he prevented a try by holding up a strong drive for the try line by Cullompton!
Jack Pugh ran his familiar penetrating lines and Alexander Goody added to the score sheet with his lightening speed. Ellie Monro-Higgs, Imy Bagwell and Harry Wood contributed well with their tackling and shape which sealed two tries in a 6-3 victory.
The Orange Sidmouth team, captained by Laisey Jackson, were edged out by the odd score in nine.
Arlo Squires had a fine game with some powerful running and there was also solid tackling from Luca Arver, Thomas Biggers and Laisey Jackson, the latter making an amazing try-saving tackle that surprised the Cullompton player who was almost at on the try line!
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The Orange team tries were scored by Luca Arver, Thomas Bird and Thomas Grove. A good performance for a cold morning!
The All Blacks Sidmouth team really produced the goods, winning 5-1. This performance was highlighted by the brilliant all-round tackling, particularly by Charlie Simic, Sam Hartland, Roman Moore, Zac Arver and Will and Toby Morris.
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Several of the tackles were try saving as the fast Cullompton players looked for breaks out wide with Zac Arver at one stage hammering Cullompton back with three successive tackles! The powerful Charlie Simic also found himself having to be marked by two home players at all times!
The most notable tries came from Harry McMahon, Archie Rowcliffe and Joshua Priestly.