Sidmouth Quins’ match marred by injury
If you’re wondering about the above score-line all will become apparent.
With the Quins on a decent run of form and playing some fine rugby and a Uni side that always like to play at a fast tempo and utilise their backline the prospect of a decent game lay ahead.
Unfortunately for the expectant crowd, this was not to be the case as they witnessed one of the worst and most bizarre games in recent years, if not ever.
The Quins were lacklustre at best in every aspect of play, maybe with the exception of the scrum, an area that has been a great strength of late.
Even the line-out which has recently been consistent was poor; regular line-out jumper Dan Prettejohn was clearly missed.
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Sidmouth were behind after little more than 10 minutes. A well-taken try in the left corner by the Uni winger was converted in fine style by his fly-half.
On about the 20 minute mark, a serious injury (a suspected broken ankle) to one of the Uni players put a halt to the proceedings.
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After the arrival of two ambulances and a 35 minute break in play, the game restarted. The decision to play a straight 40 minutes and start again was agreed so the score returned to 0-0.
Sidmouth were on top for the majority of the shortened game. A couple of very strange decisions from the Sidmouth team cost them points.
At least four kickable penalties were either turned down or missed; much to the disbelief of the Quins’ supporters. Maybe the kickers were lacking confidence in their obvious ability or there was a communicative error of some sort, who knows. In the end it did prove decisive.
In the dying minutes the Uni took the lead for a second time, courtesy of a nicely struck drop-goal by their fly-half. Sidmouth could not fight back and so ended their run of victories.
I hope the score-line mentioned at the top now makes sense. This was not ‘a game of two halves’ as the old saying goes, but, instead it was a game of one half and a quarter. It was not a game that will live long in the memory.
The Quins should just forget about the game and look forward to returning to Merit table action next week at Cullompton.
Hopefully, they will show more fight than they did in the same fixture last season when they were on the receiving end of an 81-3 hiding.