Sidmouth Under-16s suffer upright woe in Brixham defeat

Sidmouth under U16's at home to Brixham. Ref shsp 5661-16-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth under U16's at home to Brixham. Ref shsp 5661-16-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth U16s were pipped by the post in their meeting with Brixham on the Blackmore

Sidmouth under U16's at home to Brixham. Ref shsp 5672-16-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth under U16's at home to Brixham. Ref shsp 5672-16-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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.

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