Sidmouth Under-13s dish up superb performance to destroy Saracens
- Credit: Archant
Sidmouth 64, Saracens 19 Easter sun greeted a large and powerful looking Saracens team to Sidford in place of the cup tied Topsham, writes Chris Woodruff.
A sun hardened ground favoured the fleet footed Chiefs as they quickly opened a 14-0 lead; quick hands serving to release Mead and Hubble with impressive pace.
Cockayne left play with a suspected broken thumb as Sidmouth regrouped and contained Saracens briefly before a threatening long kick and subsequent line out was forced over the line by the powerful forwards and converted to close the gap.
Sidmouth frequently turned defence into attack as, despite the difference in size, their highly effective forwards counterbalanced well, with strong rucking and scrum work enabling them hold the line for large parts of the game.
Meads secured a further try from quick play down the line as Saracens began to looked ruffled.
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A mishandled ball left Sidmouth on the back foot in the final quarter and Saracens exploited the error, pushing over once again and converted to close to 26-14 and ease their tensions.
Following the break excellent running from DeGruchy was rewarded with a try from Mead as moved Sidmouth to 31.
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Saracens replied however with a quick move to maintain the difference and boost their confidence.
Sidmouth remained focussed with strong defensive play and a high line which eventually released Hubble and then Waldron in similar fashion for two well worked tries which the diminutive Harris converted to open the lead to 43-19.
Saracens heads eventually began to drop and a flurry of tries from Mead, Hubble and Hayman confidently converted by Harris closed the game out.
This was yet another total team performance from a side that continues to mature and present a formidable opposition despite their size.