Match Reports


On Bank Holiday Sunday, seven teams contested the Sidmouth RFC Charity Sevens to draw the curtain on the 2016-17 season at the Blackmore Field in damp conditions.


A late withdrawal required a rearrangement of the format but matches got under way on time.


The first-round winners were Taunton based Takapuna Turtles, Aniers RFC from Wellington and Sidmouth 2nd Team entry, The Dwarfs. Lyme Bay Barbarians were given a bye. These teams would go on to play for the Cup. The losing teams, which contested for the Plate, were Woodroffe VII, Sidmouth Rugby and Sidmouth Colts.


The Cup was a knock out competition and the semi-finals closely fought games. Takapuna Turtles beat Aniers RFC 31-21 and Lyme Bay Barbarians prevailed against The Dwarfs 15-10.


The Plate was played as a triangular round robin competition. Both Sidmouth Rugby and Sidmouth Colts were comfortable winners over Woodroffe VII leaving them to play off for the trophy. In the most exciting game of the day the youngsters gained a famous victory over the senior players by 19-15.


In the play-off for 3rd place Aniers beat The Dwarfs 45-0.


The Cup final was a close match until halftime. In the second-half the superior fitness of the Takapuna Turtles enable them to run away to a 35-10 victory.


The presentations were made by David Salter representing the event sponsors Fords of Sidmouth. He thanked the spectators for braving the weather and the referees for their important contribution before presenting the Plate to Sidmouth Colts and the Cup to Takapuna Turtles.


The event raised over £400 for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust.     




In the final game of the season at the Blackmore Field, the Quins produced one of their best performances to beat touring side Fawley from Hampshire.


The Quins were in control in the early stages and took the lead in the tenth minute, when Ryan Davies broke from the base of a scrum just inside the Fawley 22 and put Josh Ledger in space. The scrum half sidestepped the full back on his way to the line. The try was converted by Tom Robbins.


Midway through the half, the visitors equalised, when the inside centre made a clean break following a scrum on the Sidmouth 22. He touched down near the posts for the fly half to add the conversion.


Sidmouth regained the lead, when Josh Ledger darted over on the blindside of a ruck for his second score. The try was unconverted.


Play went from end to end for the remainder of the half but the score remained 12-7 at the break.


Five minutes into the second half, the Quins increased their lead from scrum possession on the Fawley 10 metre line. Ben Salter made the initial break before Mark Oke outpaced the cover to the line. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful.


Dan Colson increased the lead following a set move from another scrum inside the Fawley half. The outside centre ran a great angle to cut through the defensive line before touching down near the posts. Tom Robbins converted.


Fawley reduced the arrears with an unconverted try after a good period of pressure inside the Sidmouth 22. The number seven finished things off with a strong run after the defence had been stretched.        


The Quins reasserted themselves and completed the scoring, when Ollie Shaw latched onto a loose ball from a Fawley lineout to burst forward. He was tackled just short of the line but Aaron Down was on hand to pick up and dive over. Tom Robbins kicked the conversion.




SIDMOUTH 1st XV  16  v  BURNHAM-ON-SEA 1st XV  9


The Chiefs finished the season with a well-deserved win against Burnham-On-Sea to end on a positive note. The visitors, needing a point to be sure of avoiding relegation, were well-motivated and had the edge in the first half. The Chiefs upped their game in the second half but missed opportunities meant they were never totally in control.


The Chiefs started well, with Dan Retter’s accurate kicking giving them territorial advantage. They eventually took the lead on ten minutes thanks to a Tom Whelan penalty. This was soon cancelled out by a similar effort by the Burnham fly half.


A clean break by Harry Chesterton created a scoring opportunity but the cover defence just snuffed out the danger. Almost immediately Burnham had a similar opportunity, when the full back broke out of his 22 and kicked ahead into space. George Locke won the chase and Cameron Grainger was back in support to make the clearance kick.


Burnham maintained the attacking position and the pressure was rewarded with a second penalty kicked by the fly half.


A break by Tom Whelan opened up the defence before he kicked diagonally. Chris Higgs was first to the ball but he could not gather it cleanly.


The Chiefs finished the half on the attack but lost two scrums against the head inside the Burnham 22, allowing the visitors to clear the danger. The score remained 3-6 at the break.


The Chiefs were soon back on the attack after the restart. When they were awarded a penalty, they opted to kick for the corner rather than for goal. The decision was rewarded, when they set up a maul from the resulting lineout and drove over for Ollie Pyne to get the touch down. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful.


A second Tom Whelan penalty increased the lead before an excellent try put them further ahead. Following a turnover in his own half, Tom Seward broke upfield to set up a handling move going right. George Locke made further ground into the 22 before sending Gavin Pearson sprinting over in the corner. The try was unconverted.


The Chiefs remained in control and might have increased their lead but for a couple of handling errors. When Burnham broke into the Sidmouth half in injury time, they were awarded a penalty just outside the 22. The fly half’s successful kick gave them the bonus point to ensure another season in the Western Counties league.



SIDMOUTH 2nd XV  42  v  OTTERY  28


A good crowd was in attendance for this entertaining holiday game between Sidmouth Quins and a team selected from the Ottery St Mary area. The first half was nip-and-tuck as the lead changed hands at regular intervals. The Quins strength in depth came to the fore as they pulled away in the second half.


The Quins opened the scoring in the fifth minute with an unconverted try, when they drove a lineout maul over for Tom Irish to get the touch down.


Ottery replied two minutes later following a charged down kick in the Sidmouth 22. Dan Rugg was quickest to react to pick up the loose ball and dart over. Connor Down added the conversion.


The Quins regained the lead when Julian Bonaldo followed up a kick ahead, which bounced favourably for his side, and dived over in the left corner. The try was unconverted.


Dan Rugg went over for his second try after Luke Dix had made the running with a fine break from halfway. Connor Down converted.


Martin Keywood was next on the scoresheet, when he peeled away from a driving maul to power his way over for Dan Retter to convert.


Aaron Thompson regained the lead for Ottery, when he pounced on to a loose tap back from a Sidmouth lineout five metres from the line. Connor Down converted.


In first half injury time, Ethan Mead, in his first senior game, jinked his way over following a quick penalty move to give the Quins a slender one point lead at the break.


The Quins built up an insurmountable lead with four unanswered tries in the next half hour. The forwards opened the second half as they did the first with a try from a lineout catch-and-drive play. Ethan Mead sprinted over for his second try on the end of an excellent handling move. Ben Salter won the chase following up a Dan Retter kick ahead and Wesley Keywood darted over on the blindside of a ruck after good approach work by the forwards.


Ottery showed good spirit to finish the game with a splendid try. Scrum half Sam Conway caught the Quins napping with a quick tap penalty inside his own 22 and sprinted 50 metres before passing to Luke Dix, who sprinted in under the posts. Connor Down converted to complete the scoring.