Sidmouth Under-11s share spoils in thrilling game at Tiverton
Sidmouth Under-11s shared 18 tries with hosts Tiverton in what were balmy weather conditions in Mid Devon.
The visitors made a bright start and took the lead when Noah Western crossed the white wash after a move initiated via a well-organised scrum.
Soon afterwards James Allen found the ball on the wing to drive the ball over the try-line to double the score.
Tiverton then took charge running in a hat-trick of tries and, despite mounting a comeback, Sidmouth trooped off at the end of the first quarter trailing three tries to two.
The second quarter belonged to the home side who ran in three more tries to hold a 6-2 lead at the second interval.
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The third quarter saw Sidmouth launch an excellent fight-back! Reuben Bennett scampered over the line to close the deficit to three tries.
James Allen was next to score to make the difference one and he swiftly claimed two more to put his side into the lead for the second time in the game.
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At was at this crucial point in the match that Jed Robson demonstrated Sidmouth’s never say die spirit with a great tackle which completed floored his opponent!
The home side rallied and ended the third quarter with a surge that brought them three more scores to hold a 9-7 interval lead.
Many a side would probably have thought that was it for the game! Not so this young Sidmouth team and a fine individual try from Noah Innes-Kruger, with assistance from Edward Cooper, closed the gap to just a single score.
It was young Allen who ensured honours ended even when he crossed the Tivvy line for his fifth try of the match.
There was still time for the hosts to launch one more raid and it seemed as if they would surely claim a tenth and winning try.
However, a rampaging run was halted by an extra ordinary last ditch tackle by Ben Sheridan which saved the day for Sidmouth and ensured that the spoils were shared.
The Sidmouth Man of the Match award was shared three ways between Ben Sheridan, Jed Robson and Miles Lewis all for outstanding tackling.