29th Jan – Chobham 5 – 10 Chiswick

Poor Discipline Cost Chobham

 

Chobham had a matter to prove in front of a buoyant home crowd after last weeks hard game against top the table Reigatians. Sadly Chob went back to the days of old and threw away a game by arguing with the referee throughout. The visitors Chiswick on the day took advantage and were very adept at getting away with offences on the blind side of the ref, that’s the game and the hosts need to learn to stay mute as no referee has ever changed their mind.

 

The day started hard when an hour before kick off they lost dynamic flanker Josh Sheppard through illness and saw utility back Joe Mousley called up from the Cannons. 

Fall out from the Reigatians game meant the hosts had 5 serious injuries and this made Billy Davison’s selection this weekend very hard, the Scarlet & Golds saw the return of forwards Chris Kent, Dan Benton, Rich Fisher and Magnus Barber as well as back Oli Guy. The Scarlett & Golds also had a debutant with Sam Hampson on the wing, he joined them having played most recently in the professional Polish league as well as a lot of experience of 7s and played at Esher, East Grinstead and Worthing.

 

The very windy conditions made the game very interesting from the start and despite some early line breaks by Hampson which the hosts could not convert to points, both teams were very matched with Chobham’s upper hand ruined by their verbal tirades. The first incident of the game was acter 5 minutes with  Si Rumsey getting a Yellow Card for a deliberate knock on 5m out. Chobham stepped up the defence and held the visitors out during the 10 minutes with a player down. 

 

With a makeshift front row the Scarlet & Golds dominated the visitors but could not get the upper hand. A penalty by Mawhood on the half way early on went left in the heavy winds. Sadly any territory advantage the hosts had in the first half was lost by poor lineouts and lack of protection of the ball at the breakdown. Some good tactical kicking should have given Chobham a platform to work on, but they were able to spoil their domination. Even when the Chiswick lock Williams was sent to the sin bin for numerous infringements the hosts could not take advantage. With Williams back on the field a full complimented Chiswick finally made Chobham pay with a driving maul from a 5m lineout that resulted in a converted try for Cheswick’s Lane on the stroke of half time.

 

The second half started the same with the other Rumsey brother John being given a Yellow Card for a deliberate knock on, allowing Hill to get the penalty and take the visitors into double figures. Chobham carried on the second half ruining any opportunity they had and finally it appeared as though Chobham the advantage when  Chiswick’s Humphreys got a Yellow Card for killing the ball at the breakdown under their posts, deciding to run the ball the hosts luck finally run out when Chiswick overturned the ball to negate the threat. Chiswick intelligently played 10 minutes with 14 players and were relieved to come out without conceding. 



Chobham spent the last quarter of the game in the visitors half but were not able to score until the last minute, from a penalty scrum half Kennard passed to Boyd who gave the dummy to cross the line for Chobham’s losing bonus point.

 

Head coach Billy Davison said “The Chobham 1st XV was much changed from last week’s bruising encounter following a number of injuries to key players. Despite this the Mighty Chob were still able to field three teams on a sunny but windy day. With a revamped starting 1st team, including debuts, it was always going to be tough to transition back to the performance level required for success at Level 7. Although only a few points separated the teams at the final whistle, and congratulations to Chiswick, the afternoon proved one to forget. A lack of accuracy and composure saw the home team hit a performance bump in the road. A strong training week ahead should ensure much better is to come in the following match.”

 

Director of Rugby Harry Norman-Walker said after the game “It was a huge disappointment today that we didn’t show any composure and threw away a game that we could have converted to a win, fair play to Chiswick for a more intelligent game and getting under our skin. We need to grow up as a squad and not let the opposition or a referee irritate us. It was great to see Sam Hampson make his debut, one of the few players who made an impact on the game. I feel for captain Kennard who spent too much of his time managing his players than the game.”    

 

Starters

Angus Hargan;  Sean Bellion; Leon Nell; Matt Bosworth; Dan Benton; Ben Puttock; Magnus Barber; Chris Kent; Robbie Kennard; Benji Boyd; Sam Hampson; Oli Guy; Simon Rumsey; John Rumsey; Guy Mawhood.

 

Game Changers

Rich Fisher; 17 Harrison Jones; Joe Mousley.

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