Sidmouth & Withycombe Colts end all square

 Sidmouth & Withycombe Colts end all square

Sidmouth Colts and their counterparts from Withycombe shared 14 points in a terrific contest that saw two evenly matched teams find that the persistent drizzle did not favour the open rugby they aspired to in the first half of this hard-fought game.

Both sides defended with great determination with few tackles being missed. In the second half, both teams adopted a more pragmatic kicking game.

Sidmouth took the lead after ten minutes, when Lewis Hole intercepted a pass on halfway and sprinted in under the posts. Craig Jackman added the conversion.

Withycombe finished the half on the attack but could not break their duck.

The second quarter was a scrappy affair. Both sides had their periods of ascendancy but there was no score.

After half time Sidmouth were the first to adopt a kicking game and enjoyed territorial advantage in the early stages but could not turn pressure into points.

Withycombe finished the match strongly and their kicking game paid off when the Sidmouth full back was caught near his line. The ball was turned over at the resulting ruck and a try resulted.

The conversion went over off an upright to level the scores giving a result which matched the contribution of both sides.

Stephen Birley

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