Amersham & Chiltern 59 – 22 Chobham
You had to be at Weedon Lane to believe Chobham could have actually won the game against top of the table Amersham. In one of the best performances of the season the Scarlett & Golds totally dominated the set piece time and time again.
Chobham travelled to top of the table Amersham & Chiltern, Robbie Kennards squad were focussed on maintaining shape and personal discipline to have any chance of upsetting Amersham. There were a few changes to the 1st XV squad with the return from “honeymoon” of hooker Sean Bellion, back row Justin Rowland from injury and centre Josh Sheppard from holiday. The Amersham team provided a huge test and their counter attack game as one of their biggest strengths won them the game.
The first 10 minutes saw Amersham camp on the Chobham line and after only 3 minutes Cecaric score in the corner, but despite this Chobhams defence was solid and the visitors’ supporters were so excited to see the Scarlet & Golds totally dominate the scrum and lineout. After a quarter of an hour from a visitors’ centrally placed scrum 5m out saw the ball go right through the hands to Noah Jenkins on the right wing to get his first try of the day. But as happened time and time again, while camped on the Amersham line, Chobham were over turned and the hosts ran the length of the pitch to score. This then happened twice more before half time, Amersham went in 26-5 up at half time. But everyone knew it could have been different as the visitors had been on the Amersham line 6 times before the half time break.
The first 20 minutes of the second half saw Chobham come out and dominate both open and tight play, but the same story saw Amersham score three times again breaking away from over turning the ball on their own line. After Joyce’s try with 5 mins of the half gone Chobhams Josh Sheppard and Amersham’s Jordan Scott went to the sin bin for misbehaviour after the try. Just after 20 mins in the half from a huge driving maul from a lineout the Scarlett & Golds crossed the line for Reece Finnerty to score his first ever try for the 1st XV. On returning to the pitch Scotts response was to take Amersham over the half century point.
With 10 minutes to go another totally dominating driving maul from a lineout set Chobham up for a multi phase well organised attack that saw the backs and forwards involved, before Sam Goddard crossed the line for a well deserved try. Four minutes later another well worked try for the packs dominance released Jenkins to get his second try of the game. Sadly it was Bourne who scored the final try of the game, again for Amersham – the game saw the hosts win 59-22 with a game of thirteen tries.
After the game Head Coach Robbie Kennard said “It was one of our best performances of the season, that is a game many will find hard to believe that it could have easily been a different result. We had 12 visits to their 5m, 4 of which we scored and 5 times they ran the length of the field and scored. What a huge difference it would have been if we could have converted our opportunities.
Next week we must prepare for the visit of Grasshoppers and if we play the same game will enjoy the dominance.”
Captain Guy Mawhood said “Before the game the boys were positive but understood the challenge in front of us was going to be a tough one. We were up for a big challenge but sadly, came out the wrong side of the result. It’s clear the standard we need to be at and there’s a reason Amersham are top.
In the first half, we played all the rugby and looked threatening but just weren’t clinical enough in the 22, in getting over the line. We made some silly mistakes and fair credit to Amersham, they took advantage of those mistakes and scored well worked tries. We need to learn to be more patient in the red zones and be more clinical.
In the second half, we came out with belief that we could come away from the game with points. We were dominant at set piece throughout the game and finally got rewarded for our efforts with a driving maul try. With about 10-15minutes to go we set the goal to go and get the 4 try bonus point. With well worked, patient attack we got that bonus point which we deserved.
17 year old, Noah was excellent throughout and bagged himself another 2 tries. Shep showed his ball carrying ability earning himself the man of the match award.
Overall, we can come away with some positives from the game but we need to be more clinical in our red zone visits. We host a strong Grasshoppers side next weekend and the boys will prepare Tuesday and Thursday for that challenge.”
After the game Director of Rugby Harry Norman-Walker said “no one who wasn’t there will believe that we could have won the game, but Amersham are deservedly top of the league and know how to hurt teams as we discovered. The Amersham coaches after the game were blown away by our forwards performance, it was the first time this season they have come second time after time.
Great credit to the eighteen today and I’m excited that we could take that into next weeks game at Fowlers Wells and have the start of a winning run.”