Match Reports

CHIEFS WINNING RUN ENDED BY ST IVES

SIDMOUTH 1st XV  25  v  ST IVES 1st XV  29

 

The Chiefs winning run came to an end in this exciting and highly entertaining game against the league leaders at the Blackmore Field. The power of the St Ives pack was the decisive factor, with four tries coming from lineout mauls.

 

The Chiefs started in fine style as the kicked off into the breeze and immediately regained possession. The forwards took the ball through three phases before releasing to the backs. A Dan Retter grubber kick was followed up by Ethan Mead, who nudged it further towards the line. Josh Bess chased to pick up and dive over for an unconverted try.

 

Sidmouth continued to hold the upper hand and increased their lead on the quarter hour with a fine individual effort from Ethan Mead. He followed up his own kick ahead from halfway to regather and sprint in under the posts for Dan Retter to convert.

 

When the visitors were awarded a penalty in a very kickable position, they opted, instead, to kick for position. The gamble paid off as they set up a driving maul from the resulting lineout. They were eventually stopped just short of the line, but the tight head prop drove over from the base of the resulting ruck. The try was converted.

 

A fine St Ives handling move took play from their own 22 deep into the Sidmouth half, where they were awarded a penalty. Again, they kicked for a lineout near the line and set up another driving maul. A forward peeled off and drove over for an unconverted try.

 

The Chiefs regained the lead, when a period of pressure inside the St Ives 22 sucked in defenders to create an overlap on the right for Tom Seward to sprint in at the right corner. The try was unconverted.

 

In injury time, Dan Retter took a quick tap from a mark inside his own 22 to set up a handling move covering 60 metres, but the cover defence prevented a score and half time arrived with Sidmouth leading 17-12.

 

Matters changed dramatically in the opening five minutes of the second half.

 

From the restart, an attempted clearance kick was charged down and gathered by a St Ives player. He was tackled just short of the try-line, but the tight head prop was in support to pick up and dive over. The try was converted.

 

Minutes later, St Ives were awarded a penalty at a scrum, where the Sidmouth eight were under pressure. They kicked for a lineout and this time drove the maul over the line for the hooker to touch down. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful.

 

The Chiefs replied almost immediately. Strong running by Sione Livai, Tom Seward and Matt Farrington took play into the opposing 22, where Dan Retter put in a diagonal grubber kick for Luke Wells-Burr to follow up, gather and dive over in the left corner.

 

The conversion was unsuccessful but a Dan Retter penalty minutes later gave his side a one-point lead going into the final quarter.

 

When Sidmouth replacement prop Jack Madge was yellow carded for collapsing a maul, St Ives kicked for a lineout in the corner. The inevitable driving maul set up a try for the number four.

The Chiefs were soon pressing inside the St Ives 22. They camped on the line for several minutes but could not get over the line until the ball was released to the backs. Rory O’Brien dived over in the corner but was judged to have a foot in touch.

 

Eventually, time ran out with Sidmouth still on the attack.

 


 

 

 

 

 

    

CHIEFS START 2018 WITH A WIN AT PAIGNTON

PAIGNTON 1st XV  26  v  SIDMOUTH 1st XV  40

 

The Chiefs have started 2018 as they left off in 2017, with a win.

 

Queens Park has not been the scene of much success for Sidmouth since the advent of league rugby in 1987 and they were delighted to come away with a bonus point victory. This makes it seven league wins on the trot and nine in all since the beginning of November. The record book will soon be consulted.

 

The Chiefs kicked off into a biting, diagonal wind but an early penalty enabled Paignton to kick them selves into an attacking position. They duly won the resulting lineout and kept possession through many phases but could not find a way through the Sidmouth defence. Eventually they had to be content with a penalty kick by the scrum half.  

 

Sidmouth regained possession from the restart kick and showed that they too could build through many phases. They progressed to within five metres of the line but a knock on brought the move to an end. Paignton cleared the ball temporarily, but the Chiefs were soon pressing inside the 22 once again. This time they took the lead, when Sione Livai picked up at the base of a ruck 10 metres out and drove forward taking two defenders over the line with him. The try was converted by Dan Retter.

 

The Chiefs continued to control the game, with Livai, and backrowers Josh Bess and Tom Seward putting in strong runs over the gain line. From a ruck in the middle of the 22, Rory O’Brien and Ben Pratt made breaks before sending Ethan Mead over in the left corner for an unconverted try.

 

A long-range Dan Retter penalty increased the lead before a resurgence from the home side, who were gaining the upper hand in the scrums. They nibbled away at the Sidmouth lead with two more penalties.

 

The Chiefs reasserted themselves with a splendid try in injury time. They turned over possession on their own 22 to set up a handling move involving many pairs of hands. The move was eventually stopped a few metres short of the try line, but the referee awarded a penalty against a defender. Josh Bess took a quick tap and dived over. Dan Retter converted from wide out to give his side a 25-9 halftime lead.

 

Paignton started the second half as they did the first, exerting pressure in the Sidmouth 22. The Chiefs were soon reduced to 14 men, when Sione Livai was yellow carded for a deliberate knock on.

 

Despite the disadvantage, the Chiefs held their line intact until they were able to clear upfield, where they soon scored a bonus point try with a real team effort. The forwards progressed the ball through many phases into the Paignton 22 before releasing it to the backs. Ben Pratt made a half break at outside centre, which gave Ethan Mead enough space on the left wing to sprint in at the corner for an unconverted try.

 

Any complacency at the score-line was quickly dispelled when the Paignton inside centre crashed over under the posts after a long period of pressure. The try was converted.

 

A Dan Retter penalty gave his side some respite before Paignton were back on the attack and again reduced the arrears with a tap penalty try by the scrum half, who also converted. Minutes later, he kicked a penalty to close the gap to seven points with ten minutes to play.

 

The Chiefs collective character was under test and not found wanting. They were soon pressing on the Paignton line. After a series of pick-and-goes had sucked in defenders, the ball was moved to the backs with an overlap on the right for Rory O’Brien run in and Dan Retter to add the conversion.

 

Paignton finished the game strongly in pursuit of a losing bonus point and the final whistle went with play a few metres from the Sidmouth line.

 


CHIEFS DEFY THE MUD TO WIN BOXING DAY ENCOUNTER

SIDMOUTH 1st XV  27  v  PRESIDENT’S XV  26

 

 Despite the inclement weather, a good crowd were in attendance at the Blackmore Field for the annual Boxing Day game and were treated to a close and entertaining encounter before heavy rain brought matters to a premature conclusion.

 

A strong President’s team had been assembled to take on the in-form Chiefs and, with the wind at their backs, they started strongly. However, the Chiefs revival has been founded on a strong, well-organised defence, and they could not find a way through.

 

Sidmouth eventually broke out, when a loose ball was hacked on and James Powell followed up to dribble it on into the opposing 22. The President’s cleared up the initial danger before the Chiefs were awarded a scrum on the 22-metre line. Josh Bess broke from the base and sent Cameron Grainger through a gap. The scrum half found Ben Pratt in support to race in for the opening try, which was unconverted.

 

The Chiefs were soon back on the attack and earned a lineout just inside the 22. Josh Bess made the catch and a driving maul was set up. When the ball was released, Cameron Grainger exploited a gap on the blindside to run in for try number 2, also unconverted.

 

The President’s enjoyed another period of pressure but could not turn it into points. Once again, a dropped pass enabled the ball to be hacked upfield to put the Chiefs on the attack once again. James Powell ran a good angle to cut through and touch down but the referee ruled the final pass to have been forward.

 

As the President’s were progressing upfield, a loose chip ahead went straight into the hands of Rory O’Brien, who found an empty field in front of him. He sprinted in from halfway and converted his own try.

 

In first half injury time, Cameron Grainger again found space on the blindside of a driving maul to send Luke Bess on a run down the touchline. He still had plenty to do but left two defenders in his wake before touching down in the corner. The conversion was unsuccessful leaving the halftime score at 22-0.

 

The President’s regained possession from the restart kick and were soon pressing inside the Sidmouth 22. This time they turned the pressure into points with a pushover try touched down by Ollie Rice and converted by Tom Whelan.

 

The President’s had gained the upper hand in the scrums and began to make it tell as the conditions worsened. Aaron Bagwell dived over from the base of a ruck on the line and the conversion reduced the arrears to eight points.

 

The Chiefs needed to halt the slide and did so, when they kicked for a lineout deep inside the opposing 22. They set up a driving maul and Ben Halford peeled off to be pushed over for an unconverted try.

 

The President’s soon regained control and George Meadows cut through a gap in the centre for an unconverted try.

 

Jay Wright finished off a good handling move for Tom Whelan to convert from the touchline to cut the lead to one point before the referee decided that conditions were too bad to continue.


QUINS LOSE CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH CREDITON 2nds

SIDMOUTH 2nd XV  19  v  CREDITON 2nd XV  25

 

Played in excellent conditions at Sidford between two young, uninhibited sides, this was a thoroughly entertaining and close-fought match.

 

The first 20 minutes proved to be the decisive period. During this time, play was confined exclusively to the Crediton half but Sidmouth failed to trouble the scoreboard. The Crediton defence was quite outstanding in both organisation and execution. The Quins got within a few metres of the line more than once but could not find a way to cross the whitewash.

 

So, it was very much against the run of play that Crediton took the lead on their first incursion into the Sidmouth half. Under pressure, the Sidmouth defence proved less watertight than the visitors and Crediton progressed the ball through several phases to the Sidmouth line, where the number eight powered his way over for an unconverted try.

 

Now full of confidence, Crediton soon added a second try, when the right winger finished of a handling move started in their own half. The try was converted.

 

On the half hour, the Quins eventually broke their duck. Breaks by Johnny Hamill and Harry Rumens took play to the Crediton line, where Aaron Down dived over from the base of a ruck. Tom Robbins added the conversion.

 

Crediton finished the half strongly and added a penalty in injury time to lead 15-7 at the break.

 

They increased their lead soon after the restart, when the left winger finished off a good handling move. The try was successfully converted.

 

Midway through the half, the Quins reduced the lead with a well-worked move around the front of a lineout just inside the Crediton 22. The ball was palmed forward to scrum half Rhys Davies, whose pass found hooker Sam Dix in support with a clear run to the line. The try was unconverted.

 

A period of Crediton pressure was rewarded with a penalty.

 

The Quins threw caution to the wind in the final minutes and produced some promising handling moves. Eventually, Tom Robbins found space on the blindside of a ruck just inside the Crediton half. He still had plenty to do and left two defenders in his wake on the way to the line. He added the conversion to set up an exciting finish, but the visitors held on for a deserved win.