Sidmouth Under-14s into Devon Cup final after Devonport Services success


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Sidmouth Under-14s produced a magnificent all-round performance to book a place in the Devon final this season thanks to a 36-15 semi-final success over Devonport Services.

Sidmouth made a bright start and, from turnover ball, the went through a few phases before getting the ball out to the backs where Sam Kennaugh went on a run, showing great strength and determination to eventually touch down in the corner. It took Devonport just two minutes to level with a try of their own and this launched a period of end-to-end rugby with both sides guilty of making nervous errors!

Once they had found their rhythm again Sidmouth launched a powerful attack through the centre which included some good off loading prior to Tom Osbourne powering his way over the line before dusting himself down and slotting the conversion to see Sidmouth into half-time with a 12-5 lead.

Devonport restarted at the beginning of the second half and the ball was well caught by Jack Syradd. The youngster broke the first tackle, then rode two more before off-loading and, with more good forwards phase play the ball was moved up field only for Devonport to come back strongly and force a knock-on!

From the scum it was Devonport who got onto the front foot and slick balk fro their number ten to the winger saw the latter race clear to make it 12-10.

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From the re start Sidmouth bagged the ball and launched an attack through their forwards who were still in their own half the ball as the ball was passed out to Olly Upperdine and he set off on a mazy run, zig-zagging, side stepping, and ultimately easing himself passed al objects before crashing over to put Sidmouth 17-10 up!

With 15 minutes remaining Devonport seemed to tire and Sidmouth took advantage with Kennaugh seizing his opportunity to pick up and race clear to make it 22-10.

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From the re-start Sidmouth set up a sequence of running rugby. Hooker Jed Read showed just how much he has improved during the season as he charges forward, gaining some 15-metres before being brought to a halt. Devonport won turnover ball, but a terrific Cian Warren tackle sees the ball won back with Syradd ripping it clear before it eventually rests with Kennaugh who darted over for his second try. This one was converted and Sidmouth’s lead rose to 29-10.

Next up, Warren scores after seeing his chance with a neat shuffle. Devonport. To their credit, refused to give up and score late on but, from the restart Sidmouth retained possession through to the full time whistle.

The Devon Under-14s final is scheduled for May 3 at Cullompton (3pm).

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