Sidmouth Quins power to Tivvy triumph
Sidmouth II were emphatic 46-12 winners when they met Tiverton II, writes Robert Baugh.
From the outset Sidmouth Quins proved they had gas to spare in the backline, when the ball was moved wide the Tiverton line was under threat from anywhere on the pitch. The well-drilled Tiverton pack proved to be more than a handful, wanting a more forward orientated game.
The Quins opened the scoring with just minutes on the clock, tidy ruck ball was shipped along the backs to fleet footed full back Sam Meadham who left all in his wake on a 60-metre run to the line, Cam Grainger slotted the extras.
A Tiverton yellow card for foul play on 10 minutes saw a period of dominance from the Quins, first Joe Briggs came in off his wing linking with Cam Grainger to take route one to the score in the corner. Quickly back on the offensive the Quins produced a series of forward drives showing good ball retention until the visitors were forced to concede a penalty, Scrum half Damon Morris took a quick tap and go making a half break but support from flanker Louis Headen saw him score for all the forwards efforts, Cam Grainger converting.
With the visitors back to a full complement there was a case of déjà vu, they worked play to the Quins 22 and from a ruck as last week slack defence allowed a Tiverton forward a free run to score under the posts.
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The Quins responded with a Ben Pratt try in the corner after a flowing move up field, but Tiverton had the last word of the half a well-controlled driving maul went all of 20 metres for a score wide out. To send the Quins into the break with a 24-12 advantage.
The second half had a bit of everything, some good breaks, dropped passes, an early yellow card for Cam Grainger, but tries kept coming. Sam Meadham joined the line at pace and linking with the supporting Joe Briggs who finished off the move scoring under the posts, Johnny Hamill converting. Two more yellows followed one for each side, then injury to prop Mark Osborne and with no suitable front row replacement meant he could not be replaced from the subs bench, so the game went to uncontested scrums.
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Giles Dixon next scored an individual unconverted try, with nothing seemingly on, direct running down the left wing saw him power over in the corner. Cam Grainger then scored after a flowing move down the right and Joe Briggs then got his third finishing off good work by Josh Reed, Lewis Horne and Jason Stephens, all being unconverted.