31st January 2023

The Colts travelled to Sidmouth on Saturday for a rearranged match previously waterlogged off. Sitting at the top of the table in the Colts Cup, the lads needed to secure a five point bonus win to continue the campaign and set off the match at a pace that matched the requirements.

Being two converted tries up in the first five minutes boded well, with the Colts making full use of the downhill advantage, stretching Sidmouth defence on the wide. They could’ve been up by more by the break had several line crossings not been deemed to be held up. The bonus point was secured by halftime, but Sidmouth were gaining, confidence and organisation as the game went on. Second half proved more of a slugfest with the increasingly confident Sidmouth.

Newton Abbot Rugby Club Colts VS Sidmouth Colts

Squad rotation at half-time, gave valuable minutes on the pitch for some long-term injury returnees but also seemed to unsettle consistency and defensive clarity. Luckily, with the help of some barnstorming runs midfield and dominant mauling drives, the Colts managed another couple of scores uphill to just keep Sidmouth out at the final whistle.

The 31 – 34 scoreline was evidence enough of both sides giving it their all, and also over the value of getting scores early and not letting your opponent force you into a chase! The All Whites are on the right side of this this week.

Still top in the table, an away visit to Crediton next week will give them an opportunity to fix some defence, discipline and decision making issues. Fingers crossed…

Newton Abbot Rugby Club Colts VS Sidmouth Colts

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