Mon 04 Dec 2017 09:10 PM

Falmouth were defeated by in-form Sidmouth last Saturday who now make it 4 consecutive wins in the Tribute Western Counties West Division.

Late tries from Brad Cock and Andrew Varker saw the Eagles come close to a comeback.

But early scores from Luke Wells-Burr and two from Sione Livai meant the Devonshire went home with the winning points.

Sidmouth began the game strong and missed a penalty early in the 5th minute before scoring the first try of the game three minutes later when Wells-Burr punctured through the Eagles’ defence and scored just under the posts. Dan Retter’s conversion made the score 7-0.

Despite continued pressure from Sidmouth, it was Falmouth who scored next when Tom Edmonds broke the line before offloading to winger Tom Job who bundled over the line in the left corner before Justyn Irons kicked the conversion to make it 7-7 after 30 minutes.

Bur Sidmouth were back in the lead just before the break when Retter converted a penalty just in front of the halfway line adding three points to their score which made it 10-7 at half time.

The away side added their second try of the game in the 47th minute after Wells-Burr stepped through the Falmouth line taking them 30 metres up the pitch before he was stopped. Only 3 phases later and Livai force his way over the line and Retter converted setting the score at 17-7.

And Sidmouth were 24-7 up only nine minute later, after four phases close to the line allowed Livai an almost identical opportunity to drive over the line just left of the posts which he did successfully for his second try of the game, before Retter converted.

But The Eagles were keen to show the courage they’ve displayed every game so far this season, and their efforts paid off when a driving maul as a result of a won lineout was heaved over the line, Andrew Varker with the try, his first of his senior career, to make it 24-12.

Both teams were sent down to 14 late on in the game, and it was Falmouth who reacted best when they scored with minutes to spare through Brad Cock after his pick and go from a ruck close to the line, and Tom Edmonds’ drop-kicked conversion meant the score read 24-19 at full time.

Written by Chris Jones, photo by Ellie Mears.

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