Sidmouth Under-15s power to victory over Exeter Saracens
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Sidmouth Under-15s were 37-7 winners when they entertained Exeter Saracens at the Blackmore.
Following midweek rain the conditions were perfect.
A minutes silence was observed for Remembrance Sunday before play got under way.
Both sides looked nervous in the opening exchanges with a number of handling errors being made.
Sidmouth started to press and, from a scrum five yards from the Saracens line, debut playing Jack Owers fed the scrum and number eight Charlie Corr eventually picked up and bundled himself over the line.
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The early score gave the home side a clear lift and they began to look a real threat with powerful runs from the forwards and the three quarters enjoying plenty of ball in hand.
There were three more Sidmouth first half tries; Saul finishing an excellent try in the far left hand corner, Bailey Livings getting across the line from short distance following an impressive burst up field from Alberto and the ever improving Ollie Jones also getting in on the action.
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Jones struck again early in the second half and Cole Monaghan slotted the conversion.
Exeter Saracens, clearly not sure quite what had hit them, never gave up.
Indeed, during the second half they dug deep and showed some excellent passages of play. During one such passage they scored a well worked try.
In recent weeks Sidmouth have been guilty of lacking concentration after conceding a score.
However, this was most certainly not the case on this occasion and, one of the hallmarks of this performance was a huge improvement in defence with everybody taking responsibility.
The next try from Tom Bree was a case in point as the ball was turned over following some ferocious tackling in midfield.
The game ended in dramatic style. The visitors were pressing for another consolation try when Jack Jenkins managed to scoop the ball in his own 22 and he set off in a length-of-the-pitch lung bursting run.
The quickest player in Saracens ranks set off in hot pursuit and caught Jenkins inches from the line, but the Sidmouth teenager had the wherewithal to instinctively extend his hand over the line to score the final points of the match.
This Sunday (November 20), the Under-15s are off to Withycombe for a local derby.