1st match: Once again, we started off very slow & lethargic. Within the first few minutes, we'd had 3 tries scored against us. The Sidmouth players were very big & physical & basically just walked through our defense, directly after each restart. Not many of our guys wanted to tackle, so we had our backs against the wall very early on.
We managed to claw our way back into the game after finally deciding to sort out our defensive line. Joe Fordham started making inroads through the opposition line, with some great dummying & side-stepping from William Reuben as well, to start our comeback.
Jacob A also touched down, with a quick tap and run through the gap, after some quick thinking after we were awarded a free kick. The opposition were caught napping on that occasion, but they did the same to us in the second half!! Olly was unfortunate in facing an illegal arm to the head, which knocked him backwards, and had to leave the field.
Tully & Ioan had some lovely runs through the middle, zig-zagging through the majority of their team, to finish with some great tries.
Luke also made a beautiful text book double-hit tackle, to save a certain try - great work!!
In the second match, we started strong & finished very strong. The passing was crisper, & the hands were slick, with the ball doing more of the work. William R, Joe F & Finlay had some great runs, tearing up the defense.
Archie was back to his former self, full of confidence in his running & passing, and again making some wonderful tackles.
Freddie came away with Dave the Duck after a sterling performance, scoring an absolute peach of an interception, then topping that off with a bit of a wayward kick, but it lead to a great try after Joe F ripped the ball, & ran most of the way. It was a classic, "play to the whistle" moment. We should've passed after ripping, but as their referee didn't blow the whistle, Joe kept running, which led to our final try of the day. Great stuff Joe. And the moral of the story is, "if the whistle doesn't blow, just keep playing!!"
Seb & Sam were getting stuck into the rucks & mauls, with Sam coming out with the Player of the Day award. Finally starting to use his bulk & strength on the pitch, he was well rewarded with one or two tries. When he realizes how strong he actually is, and starts driving those legs, he will be a major force for the future. Great game Sam, well done.
We did see quite a number of high tackles from Sidmouth, & some walked off without shaking hands at the end. Those were just signs of frustration. But there were more positives than negatives to come from the day.
Great to see everyone getting involved in the passing through the hands. It's brilliant that our fast guys on the wing are starting to see the ball more often now.
The last match was a great spectacle for all to see, & we are starting to play as a team again. Well done everyone.
A lovely morning greeted us at Sidmouth, with Sidmouth putting forward a very bright start, They attacked us repeatedly and started to cause us a few problems, For us it was another one of our Slow starts for the first two quarter, I believe both of the quarter ended in a draw, but from then on it became the topsham show, Much quicker in at the breakdowns gave us a lot more ball to play with which we used well and started to cause them all sorts of problems in defence, Great team work and quick hands soon became a good number of tries leading to a convincing win.
Isaac is playing his best rugby so far, not just physical but with a good rugby brain , Sunday
morning was one of his best games ever and he was rewarded with a well deserved award.
Once we woke up it was a solid performance from you all.
Great work and well done.