Sidmouth youngsters play host to Exeter Saracens on great morning of junior rugby

Sidmouth RFC Under-7s team

Sidmouth RFC Under-7s team - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Under-7s welcomed visitors Exeter Saracens RFC to Sidford ground and, with many clubs often finding it difficult to fulfil fixtures in numbers, especially away, all credit must be afforded to the Exeter side who pitched up with a complement of three-and-a-half-team to take on the four teams that Sidmouth had put together.

In total there were 45 players involved and, with many having support on the touchline it made for a busy and noisy morning!

All concerned observed a two-minute silence for Remembrance Sunday before a mini-tournament commenced.

Saracen’s turned out to be Sidmouth’s toughest opposition so far this year.

The high level of skill shown from both teams with ferocious tagging and quick passing meant that every game was closely contested with long periods of continuous play.

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With all the games played many players showed great steps of improvement and naturally at this early part of the season a few mistakes from both sides, with some pineapple looking passes.

Player of the day was awarded to Billy Phillips, whom has only been playing tag for two months but showed great determination, improvement in all areas of his game and a true rugby team spirit (especially as he was playing against his fellow team members, as we lent him along with William Swales to Sarries to make up the numbers to provide four full teams from each club)!

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Results from over 16 games played saw many of the games drawn and some very close scores, overall a draw between both sides was the final outcome of the day, a great day for all involved and thanks are due to the Sarscens for being well drilled and competitive visitors.

Next up for the Sidmouth youngsters is this weekend’s visit from Teignmouth.

Sidmouth Under-7’s are still welcoming and indeed recruiting new players. More information on how to join the club to take part in tag rugby can be found at the club’s website. Visit

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