Sidmouth Mohwaks Under-9s shine on end-of-season tour to North Devon


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Sidmouth U9s closed their season with mini-tour to North Devon and a series of games against Bideford.

The Sidmouth Mohawks flew into the first match with some great tackling with Ben Brook, Arlo Squires, Sam Hartland, Oscar Bruce, Harry Finch and Ted Jenkins, pinning Bideford back.

Some great running rugby followed. Outstanding were Leon Rowley, top scorer with two tries, William Daniels, Ben Brook and Harry Wood, who helped Sidmouth win the match 7-5.

The second game was closer than the score reflected.

Sidmouth battered the try line during the match with Bideford, denying several runs from Wood, Daniels and Ben Brook again.

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Bideford scored four breakaway tries to win.

The Sidmouth Scalpers knew they were up against a tough opposition when, in the first two minutes, Bideford gained turnover ball with some ferocious tackling that stopped the fast runners like Charlie Turley and Alexander Goody, to go one up.

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The centre runners - Jack Pugh, Herbie Isherwood, Reece Hext and Gyll Gray - fought on and the match came back to more level terms.

The final couple of minutes had Jack Pugh break the line, taking a couple of players with him. Quick hands moved the ball to the wing where sniper Alec Bagwell charged over to bring the score to 5-5 in their best game of rugby this season.

The second game Sidmouth won 5-2, with Turley scoring an intercept try and running the length of the pitch and Pugh making it past five tacklers to go over the line.

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