Camels back on track with win
Wadebridge Camels 26, Sidmouth 14
WADEBRIDGE Camels bounced back well from their disappointing derby defeat at Camborne the previous week to lower the colours of visiting Sidmouth with a bonus-point triumph.
Kick-off was delayed for around half an hour while an area of the Molesworth Field pitch was made playable, after all the recent heavy rain, and both teams deserve credit for trying to play running rugby, despite the unfavourable conditions.
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Camels, who had head coach Nick Yelland back on the sidelines after a month's absence, took an early lead through a try by hooker Matt Ballard after a training ground move off a line-out close to the Sidmouth line, but fly half James Grubb missed the difficult conversion kick into a crosswind.
Sidmouth attacked well and their backs looked threatening, but Camels stretched their advantage when 17-year-old Jake Grubb made a fine interception to race in for a long-distance try under the posts, with brother James adding the simple extras.
Camels then turned down an easy penalty chance to try and score a third touchdown, but winger Lee Betts was bundled into touch and the half finished at 12-0 to the hosts. The second half saw more pressure by Sidmouth, who showed what good broken field players they had, but their scrum was continually under pressure, with Zac Cinnamond, Ben Collings and Gary Gynn all particularly impressing up front for the Camels.
But ironically, that forward dominance led to Camels conceding a score when a powerful drive on Sidmouth's put-in at a scrum in the home side's 22 wheeled enough for visiting flanker Alva Senderayi to pick up the ball left behind by the rapidly advancing Wadebridge pack to score a try, converted by full back Tom Whelan, to make it 12-7. Camels then produced some good attacking play, sometimes kicking the ball behind the Sidmouth defence, and when one such kick was returned into the arms of winger Dom Hawkey, who had a fine match, he offloaded well for his supporting full back Will Pengelly to score an excellent try in the corner, well converted by James Grubb. With 15 minutes remaining, Camels worked an overlap for replacement Ben Scott to grab a touchdown on the right, again converted by James Grubb, to secure the four-try bonus point, and they looked set to pull away.
But full credit to Sidmouth, who stuck to their task well, and after a series of quick rucks, they managed a second try near the end, through hooker and skipper Alan Hubbleday, and converted by fly half Dan Retter.
Camels backs coach David Elston said: "We had five of last season's colts playing and one of the current colts team. We are looking towards what will hopefully produce a bright future for the club, with many young players gaining excellent experience."