Sidmouth Girls Rugby
- Credit: Sidmouth Rugby Club
Player of the match Aimee Simpson led Sidmouth RFC U18s Girls to a 27-10 victory over the formidable Devonport Services at the beautiful Blackmore ground.
A slightly nervous Sidmouth side kicked-off to a strong start to put on consistent pressure against the strength of the Devonport team. Working on their strengths of fitness, agility getting the ball out wide, using as much of the pitch as possible, the Sidmouth girls hit Devonport with every skill at their disposal.
The limited but focussed training that the girls have been allowed to do over the last season really showed and, stringing together multiple phases, Sidmouth finally scored the first try in the corner.
The Devonport strategy was to attack down the middle and use their considerable size advantage, but the Sidmouth girls responded with equally strong tackling.
Only on two occasions did Devonport breach the Sidmouth defence to score tries and there was noteworthy tackling and rucking from Aimee Simpson, Cleo Turley, Ellie Wood and Annabelle Bird.
It was a top display from Sidmouth and try scorers on the day were Lauren Chown, Annabelle Bird, Evie Trafford, Charlotte Starr and Minty May, plus a conversion.
It was a fascinating affair for the Sidmouth U15 girls, as they ran out 5-0 winners over Devonport.
Playing under the new RFU guidelines of reduced contact, the initial touch phase favoured the sprinters with both Charlotte Mansfield and Maisy Herbert stepping and beating their opposing numbers.
When Devonport did pose a threat, there was terrific defensive work from the likes of Amber spence, Amelia Brown and Amelie Sibun.
Captain Abi Alner was among the Sidmouth try scorers, along with Herbert, Ellie Monro Higgs and a superb team move created an overlap for Mansfield to finish off the try of the match.
If you are a girl and want to play rugby or know someone who does, please contact the Sidmouth RFC at firstname.lastname@example.org. They have a great bunch of girls already playing rugby from 7 years upwards, starting as mixed rugby up to under 12s, to then full girls’ teams for under 13s, under 15s and under 18s.