Thirds’ magnificent team effort

Sidmouth Quins lost their Merit Table encounter with Crediton at Sidford in the first ten minutes.

Sidmouth 'Quins lost their Merit Table encounter with Crediton at Sidford in the first ten minutes.

It was the nucleus of the side which had a comfortable win at Crediton in December but, with several key positional changes, confidence on the ball seemed low.

From the outset, the visitors, with a tail wind, pinned the 'Quins well inside their own half, causing much disruption when the ball was moved wide, resulting in two quick unconverted tries, one from each winger.

Sidmouth did create several half chances, getting to the visitors' 22, but contrived to lose the ball or run out of support.

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Crediton, using the wind to good effect in pinning the 'Quins in their own half, managed to bag two more tries, one being converted.

The 'Quins did start to get it together just before half-time after good work down the right by Jack Knowles and Tristan Beavis, the ball being recycled for replacement flanker Giles Dixon to drive over. Jerry Trump added the extra points, for a half time score of 7 points to 22.

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With the elements in their favour, Sidmouth managed to put concerted pressure on the visitors' line, but to no avail, until full-back Adam Vanstone put wing Sam Cummins away to score a good try which Jerry Trump converted.

With time slipping away, and with no way back, the 'Quins were caught napping at a lineout, allowing the visitors' hooker a free run in at the end of the match.

By Robert Baugh

Sidmouth 'Quins 14, Crediton 2nds 27

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