The Devon RFU competitions committee have announced the outcome of the merit table competitions for the season. It has been decided use a percentage system whereby the percentage of points gained related to the total number of points possible in the games actually completed is allocated to each team.
As a result Sidmouth Quins have won the North & East Merit Table 2 for the second year running. As the play off competition, the Dave Butt Cup, has been cancelled, the Quins have been awarded promotion to the Devon Merit Table 1 for next season.
The team, captained by Neil Barratt, started the season strongly. Playing entertaining rugby they soon established themselves at the top of the table, a heavy defeat to Exmouth 3rds being the only blemish in the run up to Christmas. Going into the new year proved to be more challenging as injuries began to mount and the strength in depth of the squad was tested. It was great to see reserves stepping up and fitting in to the structure of play and style the team have built up over the last two seasons.
A narrow defeat against Topsham 2nds on 4th January saw them drop into 2nd place behind Exmouth 3rds. The return match against the Cockles on 1st February proved to be decisive. The Quins won an exciting game 15-13 to regain top place, a position they held until the season was brought to a premature close in March.
The final merit table record was 13 wins, one draw and two defeats scoring 576 points and conceding 153. They have maintained a 100% home merit table record for two seasons. Neil Barratt led the way with 15 tries, mostly set up from lineout mauls by the pack. Ben Salter and Will Griffiths scored seven a piece.
The team have been well supported by managers Robert Baugh and John Hamill, the match day coaching of Stuart Cavin and physio Jamie Wride.
The squad are now looking forward to the challenge of Merit Table 1 after a four year absence.