CHIEFS DO DOUBLE OVER PROMOTION CHASING DEVONPORT SERVICES

DEVONPORT SERVICES 13  v  SIDMOUTH 18

 

Sidmouth's heroic defence kept them in the game and then two opportunist tries in the second half were enough to earn a win and one of the best results of the season.Fielding the ball from the kick-off Sidmouth carried and recycled well, earning a penalty converted by Dan Retter. Devonport responded with an attack of their own which ended when their fly-half produced a perfect kick for his open side winger to catch and touch down. 5-3.

Devonport's weightier forwards enabled them to dominate possession but they found it difficult to make progress against Sidmouth's offensive tackling. Halfway through the first half a mistake in the centre by Sidmouth allowed the Devonport scrum-half to intercept on the half-way line. He had just enough pace to beat the Sidmouth cover defence and score in the corner. 10-3. A second penalty by Retter brought the score to 10-6 at half time.

Sidmouth were under considerable pressure at the start of the second half but when Devonport lost possession Retter fired a high kick into the middle of the field which was brilliantly caught by Cameron Grainger at full stretch. He passed to Zak Bess who delivered a carefully weighted kick for his wing Ethan Mead to follow up and touch down. Retter converted. 10-13. Two minutes later Sidmouth's abrasive defence forced a handling error by Devonport. Bess scooped up the loose ball and outpaced the defence for a try in the corner. 10-18.

Devonport converted a penalty to bring them within 5 points and then threw everything into attack. Their best effort was snuffed out by a scything tackle from Tom Seward. The ability of Sidmouth to bring on three quality replacements in Asa Unsworth, Jack Pyne and Sam Cavin was crucial in securing this outstanding win against a team competing for promotion.