Sidmouth Under-16s edged out by Exeter Chiefs

Sidmouth Under-16s gave a good account of themselves in a 19-10 defeat to Exeter.

The two sides have met on a regular basis over the past season and every time the contest has been close and this was no exception.

Sidmouth kicked-off and play was soon switching from end to end.

Exeter scored first with a converted try, but the Sidmouth response was a slick as it was clinical.

Exeter secured a turnover ball, but it was reclaimed by a strong Sidmouth line out. Safe hands passed the ball along the line to Barnett who kept the Sidmouth supporters on edge with a momentary juggle! However, he kept possession and stormed forward to score in the corner. At the heart of the action in a number of powerful Sidmouth line-outs was impressive skipper Pearce making some excellent catches.

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Exeter struck back and it was they who led by 12-5 at the break.

In the second half both teams served us periods of determined play and, on occasions, sparks flew!

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Exeter broke free from close combat and scored another try to extend their lead, but Sidmouth rallied and a Cornish run saw him skilfully avoid the touch line before crossing for the second Sidmouth try.

Good defensive play by the forwards averted a further score by Exeter, but the clock ticked down to deny Sidmouth any further scores.

Players from both teams showed passion and commitment, but Exeter were just that bit more effective at turning their advantages into points.

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