Sidmouth Under-16s suffer upright woe in Brixham defeat
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Sidmouth U16s were pipped by the post in their meeting with Brixham on the Blackmore
Brixham’s first points came from a penalty that hit one of the uprights and bounced over the bar.
When Sidmouth had a conversion to kick in the second half, the same post that helped Brixham denied them the points.
In a game as close as this one was – Brixham beat Sidmouth 15-12 – such incidents are decisive.
A penalty kick was all that comprised the difference with swift Brixham backs who were matched by a strong Sidmouth defence.
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Having taken the lead with a penalty Brixham went further in front with an unconverted try.
Possession reverted to Sidmouth and Barnett made good ground. However, they were unable to break through the Brixham defence.
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Brixham won a few attacking scrums during a period of scrappy play, but the Sidmouth defence was solid and a good clearing kick into touch relieved the pressure.
The visitors added a second try when one of their players avoided being held in a tackle, jumped over the now recumbent Sidmouth player, regained his balance and scored a well-deserved try under the posts for a straightforward conversion.
Sidmouth took play back into Brixham territory and put pressure on their defence. Davies saw his opportunity and with a great charge down, kick and chase gave Sidmouth their first try. Allen converted for a 15-7 deficit at the break.
Poor Brixham discipline after the break led to Sidmouth kicking penalties into the corner.
After a first scoring attempt failed, Sidmouth had another go.
Pearse secured the ball and a strong driving maul gave Bright the momentum for a solid try. The conversion hit the woodwork.
Brixham came back hard but determined Sidmouth defence held them on the line and a good scrum removed the danger.
Good attacks from both sides were deflected by strong defence and no further points were scored.