Sidmouth Quins suffer last gasp try woe


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A breakaway try in the final few minutes of the match sent Sidmouth to a 29-25 defeat at Bideford.

Conditions were perfect for an expansive game of rugby and with no Merit Table points at stake both sides took advantage.

Things started badly for Sidmouth, second row Oli Aplin being forced off within minutes with an ankle injury, and having only the bare 15 players Bideford sportingly supplied a replacement.

First blood went to Sidmouth invention in the centre created space for wing Adam Squance to go over wide out for an unconverted try.

Bideford straying offside at a ruck allowed fly half Rob Willmington to pop over a penalty to extend the lead.

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Sketchy defence at times put Sidmouth under pressure, but they proved to be sharp on the counter.

When Bideford dropped a pass deep in the Sidmouth half, classy centre Harry Chesterton gathered and made the first 40 metres before he linked with fellow centre Dom Hawke. He was caught short of the line, but the supporting Chris Aplin was on hand to go over in the corner for another unconverted try.

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Bideford showed their power in the backs when the fly-half went over under the posts. From the restart they scored again with both being converted.

The lead changed again after quick ruck ball on half way was moved wide to Adam Squance who cut through the defence then the supporting Dom Hawke raced over to score. Man of the match Rob Willmington converted.

Bideford got back to 20-19 down at half time after going over from a tap penalty move.

The home side retook the lead with another five-metre tap penalty move for an unconverted try.

The lead changed hands yet again, bringing the biggest smile of the day to full-back Mark Oke who finished off the move of the match to score his maiden try for the Quins.

Bideford sneaked the game in the dying minutes with a break away try in the corner.

The Quins conclude their season this Saturday away to Newton Abbot

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