BIDEFORD Colts gave Exeter Chiefs plenty to think about before going down 19-10. Bideford were always the underdogs for the game as the Chiefs were unbeaten and had only conceded 18 points in their first 11 league games of the season. With Bideford playi
BIDEFORD Colts gave Exeter Chiefs plenty to think about before going down 19-10.Bideford were always the underdogs for the game as the Chiefs were unbeaten and had only conceded 18 points in their first 11 league games of the season.With Bideford playing into a gusty head wind, Chiefs soon got on top.Strong and resilient Bideford defence was the only thing that stopped Exeter crossing for a number of scores. The strong tackling of Harry Langdon, Sam Griffin and James Scott kept the Chiefs out.The Bideford pack also gave Chiefs a scare in the scrum when great work by the tight-five not only won some turn-over ball but also disrupted the Chiefs' set-piece possession.Unfortunately, the Bideford defence couldn't quite make it to half-time before conceding. When the Chiefs did finally win some clean scrum ball, they made use of it.Well-worked handling down the blind side, and two missed tackles , allowed the Chiefs in near the posts for their first score of the day. The conversion made it 7-0.Bideford did have a chance to score before half-time, James Starkey's pick and go effort was tackled into touch agonisingly close to the line.The second half started with Bideford on the front foot. When the decision was made to kick to the corner, rather than have a shot at goal, it definitely paid off. A catch and drive from the line-out allowed Matt Bowes to flop over.The hard angle made the kick difficult for Man of the Match Langdon, whose kick dropped short.Bideford's woes at the restart continued when another dropped ball gave Exeter a good platform to form an attack.After several phases of play, some ghastly defending around the fringes allowed Exeter's tight-head prop to sell a number of dummies on the way through for another score near the posts.Even though they had gone 14-5 down, Bideford didn't let Exeter take the game that easily. At their next attacking opportunity, they scored again.Another catch-and-drive line-out move allowed No.8 Angus Cologne-Brooks to score in the right corner, leaving another hard kick that didn't quite creep over.Bideford's score was the first time anybody had scored more than seven points against Exeter this season - a statistic that seemed to shake them up It looking as though whoever got the next score would go on to win the game. Unfortunately for Bideford, that score went to Exeter when a few good offloads allowed them to go over in the corner for a third and final try that gave them a somewhat flattering margin of victory.