U16s go two for two at home

 

Chobham U16s had two home fixtures on Sunday. Recent form had been mixed with the B squad securing two well-earned victories over Farnham and Tadley As, while the As had been on the receiving end of a chastening home defeat to London Irish. Most recently though a squad of players across the whole age group swept to victory in the touch tournament the previous morning, celebrating in style at the Supporters Lunch.

 

 

It was the B fixture first against Staines. Any lad about town in the Egham area knew this was an important fixture, with bragging rights to be had. No quarter was to be expected or given. The clubs most junior members from the U5s and U6s provided a tunnel as the older boys took to the field.

 

The opening minutes were all Chobham, with the wind at their backs, pinning Staines back in their own half. The opening score came from an attacking 5 yard scrum, Saxon picking up at 8 and barrelling over out on the right hand side. The conversion slipped wide, on a difficult day for kicks no conversions were successful, but Chob’ had a 5-0 lead. Staines surged back and soon made a break in midfield after sucking in the defence around the fringes. Daniel had to make a try saving tackle at fullback. A penalty was conceded at the breakdown though and Staines reacted first with a ‘tap and go’ eventually getting over in the corner.

 

Back on level terms then and Chob’ had to work had with the elements in their favour before the break. The latest Chob’ debutant George was introduced during this spell chasing hard to keep the visitors trapped in their defensive end, with Samuel helping out Staines following an injury. Try as the hosts might, with both forwards and backs trying to break through the Staines line held firm, Ben held up right in front of the posts being the closest to a score.

 

The Staines kick was too deep and gave space for the home forwards to drive into the heart of the Staines defence. This tactic soon bore dividends from a stolen lineout by Harvey. The forwards kept the ball tighter playing into the wind and recycled well. Jules drove into the visitors 25 to earn a penalty. In very similar circumstances to Staines effort a quick penalty took play almost to the line and it looked like Harrison made the decisive final yard to push Chob back into the lead.

 

As the second half progressed Staines started to get the upper hand in both territory and possession, with Chob’ on the back foot but keeping Staines away from the whitewash. Staines eventually began to run out of steam and Chob were able to turn defence into attack from a missed touch kick. Neat hands from Daniel and Ewen gave Harvey room to drive into Staines territory. On the attack rumbled, finally halted by a penalty 5 yards short. Once more a tap penalty reached Matt who was brought down a yard short. Teo was following closely and added a third try with a swan dive over the whitewash.

 

With a 10 point lead Chob went after further points but it was Staines who scored the final try. A lineout on the home 10 yard line was worked well through several phases, ending up out wide once more reducing the final margin to 15-10 and a hatrick of wins for the Bs.

 

The rain was now falling steadily as the As entered the fray for their latest Harlequins Cup group match against Old Rutlishians. The As also played with the elements first, and were soon pressing for an opening score. The first opportunity fell to Chris with a gap in the defensive line opening up. He made no mistake and was under the posts, adding the conversion for a 7-0 lead.

 

The home side continued in the same vein, but either through the conditions or not quite releasing a player into space to capitalise on the opportunities. After 15 minutes Harry managed to winkle the ball out of a maul and Chob were closing in once more. A kick behind the defence took a home bounce and Tommy was able to collect it and reach over for a 12-0 advantage.

 

The match continued, with Chob’ searching for the fluency that would turn possession into points, but Rutlish started to get to grips with the Chob’ style of play. Three Chobham lads in the Rutlish side (Ewen, Harrison and Harvey) were giving their all in both defence and attack as the half continued. Right on the whistle Chob’ had to defend across the line to keep the visitors out. Rutlish were able to force their way over the line finally to reduce the half-time lead to 12-5.

 

Rutlish began the second period in similar style and Chob had to dig deep once more to keep them at bay. This time they succeeded and Ruts were held up and Chob’ had a relieving scrum. Chob’ began the long march to other end of the field with a clearing kick to the host’s 10 yard line. The lineout gave another scrum and first Fin then Olly got in behind the Ruts defence. The defence was scrambling and Chris was able to cut inside with Rhys outside pulling the last defender wide to create the gap. A second conversion took the score to 19-5.

 

Chob’ continued to have the possession advantage but couldn’t create an opportunity for the bonus point winning try. Time was ticking away as Rutlish had a 5 yard scrum near their line. Aran was safe as houses under the clearance kick, and opened up the counter with Fin, Chris and Adam all involved before Tommy crossed for his second to take the score to 24-5.

 

A fifth try was added straight from the restart as the forwards took turns to carry to the visitor’s 25. MattN got to within 5 yards and Aran was able to walk the ball in with the defence overstretched. Chris added a final conversion and with one final defensive shift on their line as Ruts tried manfully to end on a high, Chobham were able to close out the match with a 31-5 victory.

 

This weekend the boys welcome Tatra Smichov from the Czech Republic on Saturday lunchtime, and then host Bishops Stortford on Sunday.

 

B Squad: Daniel, Lewis, MattW, Ben, Samuel, Ewen, Sam, Billy Harrison, Harvey, Max, Jules, Tom, Teo, Saxon, Finn, George.

 

A Squad: Aran, Adam, Fin, Chris, Rhys, George, Gideon, Dan, Charlie, Olly, Callum, MattN, Connor, Harry, Tommy.

Lessons to be learned from U16Bs trip to Effingham

 

Chobham U16 B made the trip to play Effingham and Leatherhead Bs on Sunday morning for their latest Surrey Waterfall Cup group match. The playing surface had stood up to some heavy rain better than the supporters’ area so there was the prospect of some flowing rugby on show from both sides.

 

With E&L kicking off Lewis was first to lay his hands on the ball and the visitors started neatly enough with a solid ruck to build on. The decision was made to kick to clear the lines but this dropped kindly for the home fullback. Running infield from the touchline the 15 managed to link up with the rest of his three-quarter line and Chob’ were exposed on the opposite flank. The E&L wing clung on to the final pass and was able to round the blue defence and open the scoring close to the posts. So with only a couple of minutes gone the hosts were 7-0 to the good.

 

This early score prompted E&L to play wide from the restart and they again made good ground into Chob’ territory. A handling error briefly turned the ball over before it was returned by Chob’. E&L tried the chip through, but the Chob’ defence was rather better than the French later that day, and a strong clearing kick chase put Chob’ in home territory for the first time.

 

The visitors couldn’t make this pressure count, and E&L countered well to drag play back towards the Chob’ 25. The visitors conceded at a ruck and E&L immediately opted for the kick to the corner. At this level a clean lineout favours the attacking side if they look to use a driving maul and E&L duly extended the lead to 12-0 in the corner.

 

The restart this time was won well by Samuel and Chob’ finally had a good opportunity to push for an opening score. The forwards carried well into the E&L 25 before releasing Callum in the centre on a crash ball, winning a penalty at the breakdown. The hosts were scrambling now and after a series of penalties on their line Billy managed to reach over in the tackle and reduce the deficit to only 5, Samuel slotting the extras.

The try having come from good tight play committing the E&L defence Chob’ couldn’t develop this further as the ref’ started to blow at breakdown time. This led to E&L having the vast majority of the territory and possession, with Chob’ mainly having to react to E&L attacks, using big runners on the fly-half’s inside shoulder to good effect.

 

Chob’ had one good chance during the remainder of the half with Lewis on the end of some tidy passing between backs and forwards. The covering tackle pulled him up around 5 yards short.

 

Towards the end of the half E&L were again close to the Chob’ line and being awarded a number of penalties to pin Chob’ right back. A tap and bust up to the line was kept out, initially it appeared at the expense of a further penalty. Then the ref seemed to change his mind and indicated a penalty try for E&L. This was the final play of the half and Chob’ were 19-7 down.

 

The second period opened with Chob’ trying to assert some decent pressure but a clearance from E&L and a home bounce meant the kick chase had their hands on it once more. They were awarded a penalty in prime position but this time they settled for just three points to create a three score lead at 22-7.

 

Chob’ were now very much chasing the game and unable to dictate the pattern of play and bring E&L into the breakdowns. The penalty count continued to rise and E&L turned the score by playing into the corners. The Chob’ playing numbers were reduced with the use of the yellow card and E&L took advantage to score two more driving tries.

 

The game was up now with Chob’ 34-7 down, but to their credit they continued to plug away and managed to find a degree of control in finding their rhythm in the narrow channels around the tackle. Harrison and Harvey punched holes in the home defence and it was E&L now hearing the blast of the ref’s whistle as they infringed, and lost a player to a card late on.

 

Giving up the chance to go for the corner themselves, a quick tap instead pushed into the E&L 25. Dan was able to make a deft offload to Billy, who had carried pretty well when the chance came, had just enough juice left to notch his second score in the far left corner.

 

The conversion proved too challenging and the ref called the game without time for a restart so the boys had gone down 34-12 to a side that had shown Chob’ how effective their own game plan might be if they had been able to deliver. E&L are a strong set up and Chob’ should take on board that they competed well as a team and were able to score the final try. Sadly for them though the Waterfall competition rules don’t include a last score wins clause.

 

Squad: Rhys, Samuel, Aran, Callum, Lewis, Ewen, Sam, Dan, Harrison, Billy, Max, Jules, Teo, Tom, Harvey, Matt, Saxon.

Road win earns U16 A and B squads a double over Bracknell

 

Chobham U16 A squad continued their tour of the Home Counties on Sunday with the short trip to Bracknell. Last Sunday the B squad had won a physical encounter with Bracknell Bs, with the wider attacking intent by a healthy 41-27 margin. This gave pointers to all involved as to the style of play of both A squads.

 

Chobham’s squad included a welcome debut for Max up front, and a returning Adam for his seasonal debut following a lengthy injury lay-off.

 

Buoyed by the strong wind behind them, the home side started the stronger. The hosts settled quickly into their rhythm, working big runners around the breakdown and pushing into Chob’ territory. A clearing kick was returned back deep into the blue defence. A couple of phases later an overlap out left and it was a 7-0 lead for the men in green, following a solid conversion from pretty wide out.

 

A scruffy restart was allowed into touch just over the 10 yard line and Bracknell had the opportunity to work another attack. The visitor’s set piece work started as it continued pretty much all game forcing a messy line but Bracknell’s ball retention was impressive in the early stages as they maintained their advantage as the game developed.

 

Chob’s first sign of attacking intent came from a free-kick at a lineout. A quick cross field kick with the Chob backs reacting quickest looked like a chance but cold hands led to the opportunity going begging. It wasn’t long before the opening score did come however as a kick from the Bracknell scrum half was sent out for their big wing to chase. Adam was back to mop up the bouncing ball and beat the wing in inches of space before haring off down the touchline. After beating another tackle, Doug was on the inside with a 1-2 pass back to Adam beating all but one of the scrambling defenders. With Adam a couple of yards short, Gideon popped up to trim the lead to 2 points.

 

The lead changed hands almost immediately as Bracknell spilled the ball in midfield where Olly seized it to put Chob on the front foot. This led to an attacking scrum on the right hand side. With a classic ‘Mitsubishi’ Harry was on the end of a couple of sharp passes to put Chob into a narrow 10-7 lead.

 

After this flurry of points the match settled into a battle of contrasting styles. Bracknell opting to keep the ball tight and use their size advantage, and Chobham looking to develop quick ball from the forwards and use their pace and handling skills wider out.

 

It was just such play that led to a third Chobham try. Another quick penalty was moved quickly to Adam once more on the left wing, and with no sign of rustiness, he made a lovely inside pass to Aran who had just enough gas to reach the whitewash. Chob now had a 15-7 lead.

 

As half-time loomed Bracknell had the ball once more. Their ball retention was again first rate as they pounded away at the Chob line. The visitors showed commendable restraint in not conceding a penalty, but after going through more phases than an Ireland attack Bracknell struck back for a 15-12 half-time scoreline.

 

Chob were now playing uphill away from the clubhouse, but with a gusting wind continuing to blow they probably had the better of the conditions. That said, Bracknell were first to threaten a score, going back to basics and trying to put the big guys over the line. Chob defence held firm once more and ultimately they won a penalty as a lone attacker was isolated and pinged for hanging on.

 

The clearance made it to halfway and Max took clean ball yet again. Chris ran a tiger line to burst through the Bracknell centres and was away too the races. As he closed on the full-back he had options both left and right. It was to Adam that the pass went and he made no mistake in adding his own score to a couple of assists, adding Chob’s fourth unconverted score. With twenty plus minutes to go it was now 20-12 to Chobham.

 

The game now became a bit stodgy, with heavy ground starting to have an effect. Bracknell had a couple of opportunities to punch holes over the Chob line but were held up. Meanwhile the Chobham handling couldn’t quite unlock the Bracknell defence, the pressure being limited mainly to pouncing on dropped passes when Bracknell did try to be more expansive. In truth Chob looked be pretty comfortable and happy to let Bracknell try and play their way back into the game.

 

With a few minutes to go a nasty tackle from Bracknell led to sparks flying briefly with some of the backs trying to join a melee and keep warm but no harm was done.

 

Chobham had one final chance from an attacking line, opting for the short ball from Charlie to Dan at the front as a change up. The ball was down over the line but the ref brought everyone back for a Bracknell free-kick, judging the throw to have not gone 5 yards and that was pretty much that.

 

So, a win against near neighbours, and over one or two school mates, with an improved discipline and a much reduced penalty count from the previous encounter which should bode well for the resumption inn Cup rugby in a couple of weeks.

 

Squad: Aran, Adam, Fin, Chris, Harry, George, Gideon, Dan, Charlie, Olly, Callum, Max, Connor, Matt, Doug, Harrison, Teo

5

Winning start in Quins Cup for U16s

The U16 As set out at first light on Sunday for their first Quins Cup group match at Old Emanuel, kick off scheduled for 9:30. Blowing the dust off the history books showed a single match between the two sides at the Surrey Under 8 tag festival, so there was little to go on to know how they would play. Arriving at the ground a steady stream of big lads gave the first clues of what to expect.

 

Sure enough OE looked to play a physical game, running pods of two one out from the scrum-half. Following a penalty conceded from the kick-off OE brought their biggest runner to the fore to test the Chob defence. Another penalty was given away at the ruck and OE pushed to the corner for an attacking line.

 

The throw was too long and Doug grabbed it safely to allow a clearing kick. With a narrow angle it fell to the OE fullback who returned it to the opposite corner for his backs to chase. Rhys collected the kick safely and managed to hang on long enough for the cavalry to arrive. Unfortunately the cavalry hadn’t played for several weeks and a fluffed clearance gave OE the ball back in good field position.

 

Using their battering rams, stoutly defended by Chob, play worked its way across the field to the right of the posts. Finally the blue line was breached and OE had an early 7-0 lead following a successful kick.

 

The restart was kicked deeper into OE territory this time and gave Chob a lineout in OE territory. A rare OE indiscretion led to further line much nearer to their line, with an early lift giving the visitors a free kick. A quickly taken tap gave Chob their first chance as Fin burst through in midfield but the home defence was able to react and snuff out the danger.

 

The game continued in similar vein to the opening minutes as OE tried to bust holes in the Chob defensive line, and Chob struggling to win enough possession to mount any meaningful attacks of their own.

 

The visitor’s line was working well and they pinched a throw on the left side which gave the backs a first opportunity with space to run into. Jack produced a chip down the right touch line, but the opportunity seemed lost as the OE defenders chased back, Rhys showed them all a clean pair of heels to win the race and dot down wide out. It was now a two point game.

 

        

 

Chob continued to give away simple penalties as they tried to play a more expansive game than their hosts, and were put under pressure by their 10 man game plan. Chob defended well with their backs right on the try line with everyone stepping up to keep the home side out approaching the whistle. An OE scrum five yards out was pinched against the head giving a chance to  clear the lines with a kick, but the choice was made to run from defence and a loose pass handed the advantage straight back. A scrum and two phases later OE crossed once more to extend the lead back out to 12-5 at the break.

 

At the restart Chob immediately looked to hit back as they fought their way into OE territory. With the line free a final pass didn’t quite go to hand and OE ended up with a penalty and a clearing opportunity. The kick fell to Gideon rather than into touch, and he deftly stepped the chase and chipped down the narrowest of channels, winning the race to it and reducing the deficit to two points once more.

 

Chobham were now looking the team ‘most likely’ as only the lopsided penalty count prevented them from squeezing OE out of the game. Play was almost exclusively now in the OE half as Chob continued to press. Akin made inroads from and 8 pick scrum on the OE 10 and the forwards piled on through to set the backs up. A pass in midfield went to ground, but crucially backwards, as Jack was first to the bouncing ball. Once more speed was the key as he outstripped the defence and was able to score under the posts, giving Chris a simple opportunity at the extras. Chob were now in front for the first time at 17-12.

 

This was the catalyst for Chob, as OE seemed intent on kicking the ball straight to Jack at 15 and put them on the back foot. Good play from the forwards in recycling a couple of phases. A pass wide to Tommy in acres of space led to a third try from chasing a kick ahead as he scooped up his own grubber to extend the lead to 10.

 

OE tried to get back in the game as they ground forward along the left touchline. Rhys made a key interception and OEs final attack was over.

 

With Chob back in the red zone OE continued to kick possession back to Jack and Gideon, as they missed touch under pressure. From one such kick Gideon darted through a tiring defence and when the last man managed to bring him down, Fin had anticipated the run and was able to gather the one handed pass and add the fifth try between the sticks. The victory was now safe with a couple of minutes to play and a 29-12 lead.

 

               

 

George was under the kick and made a half break, and Dan was right on his shoulder to step inside a tackle break away with hitherto unseen pace.

 

Seeing the try line was still half the pitch away he did what all good props do and gave a neat pass to Rhys to see if he could go the distance. The defence scrambled back however and were awarded a penalty for back chat and cleared to halfway.

 

A blindside break from the lineout was read by Gideon who managed to tip and catch the ball, streaking away under the posts, with Chris completing the scoring and leaving the result as 36-12 to Chobham, and a bonus point win to open the group.

A Squad: Jack, Rhys, Fin, Chris, Aran, George, Gideon, Dan, Charlie, Olly, Callum, Matt, Akin, Tommy, Doug, Connor, Harry.

 

 

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Supporters’ lunch hosted by the Juniors – Saturday 19th January 2019 11.30am

 

The forthcoming lunch on the Saturday 19th January 2019 is being hosted by the ‘juniors’ in the very capable hands of Sherrie Mayger, Junior Social Secretary. We have a culinary feast to look forward to as well as feast of Rugby to enjoy. The 1st XV play Tottonians.

Bar Open – 11:30am

Lunch Served – 12:30pm

Game KO – 2:00pm

 

£13 per head and tables of 10 people maximum

 

Please let Sherrie know  if any of you would like to come along (that includes you Mums too), the boys are also welcome should they wish to spend some more time with you as the Christmas break was not long enough :-).

 

We will need to give final numbers by Wednesday 16th January 2019 at the latest so please let me know if any of you fancy it.

 

Let Sherrie Mayger know here  or 07701 096 899

 

Many thanks in advance

Chobham u16Bs v Sutton & Epsom u16 16/12/18 

After a tough game at Guildford last week, Chobham faced Sutton & Epsom in the cup on home soil. Chobham started out strongly, winning two penalties shortly after kick off which put the pressure on Sutton straight away. The first five minutes of the game were played entirely in Sutton’s half with Chobham showing desire to bounce back from last week’s defeat. However, after a knock on in a lineout, Sutton made a line break after the scrum and were able to pass it through the hands, allowing their prop to bundle the ball over the line which meant that dominant Chobham were behind after 10 minutes.  

 

Despite being behind, Chobham went back at Sutton, forcing more errors and winning more penalties around the rucks and especially the scrums where the pack had been incredibly strong for many games. Even after the referee warned Sutton that their penalty count was getting too high, as Chobham pressed for their first try, yet another penalty was given and a Sutton player had to go to the sin bin. From a line out, Chobham were able to efficiently pass it down the line for Matt W to score in the corner, drawing the scores level. Now Sutton hit back and advanced into Chobham’s 22. It looked as if their winger might score but a terrific tackle from Matt N prevented that. Andy ran half way up the pitch to gain yards for Chobham and relieve the pressure. The forwards, led by the warrior Harrison, gained us more yards and earned us a penalty in the middle of the pitch on Sutton’s 22. Chobham took the scrum and won yet another penalty which was quickly taken. The ball was recycled and Callum charged over to give Chobham a 12-5 at half time with Andy’s conversion. 

 

 

Sutton came back with a bang after the break, bombarding Chobham’s solid defence. Due to a few penalties given away near our own line, try-scorer Callum was the ref’s next victim and had to take 7 minutes off in the bin. Sutton’s forwards took advantage of the difference in numbers and hit hard lines, resulting in a try. This was not converted so Chobham remained two points ahead. This lead was short lived though, as some missed tackles in the middle of the pitch enabled a Sutton player to score under the posts. The conversion hit the post so Chobham trailed 12-15. The next ten minutes proved crucial in once again building pressure on Sutton’s defence, mostly being played in Sutton’s half. Sutton has a scrum in their own half, but Teo sniped round to force an error from their 9. Sammo snatched the ball up, dodged the defender and ran towards the line, only to be stopped 2 metres out. The next phase, Teo leapt over to score his second try in two games and restore Chobham’s lead to 19-15. Sutton retained their kick off and, even with some crunching hits round the fringes of the rucks, were able to score their fourth try (and convert it) from a tap-and-go. With ten minutes to go, Chobham fearlessly fought to secure a winning try, but in the end, could not quite find one. Heading into a well-deserved Christmas break, Chobham could be proud of the improvements they had made so far this season and how they have shown that they can give A teams a good run for their money. 

 

FT: Chobham 19-22 Sutton & Epsom 

 

Squad: Billy, Harrison (C), Jack, Jools, Max, Teo, Lewis, Harvey, Sammo, Danny, Ewen, Ben, Matt W, Dan, Andy, Callum, Matt N, Aran 

U16Bs go down fighting at Guildford

It was the short trip to Guildford on Sunday for the U16 B squad. To coin a Harry Redknapp-ism they were down to the ‘bare bones’ with injuries and school trips accounting for several players. With some players initially going to Guildfordians (through no fault of their own…) it could have been worse but by kick-off time all 15 were present and correct.

 

Guildford put the opening kick high into the air, but Dan, the only one in the team from the four a week ago, made no mistake and took it cleanly. Chob had the early moments with ball in hand, working around the base of the ruck through several phases before conceding a scrum.

 

The front eight continued their good form, putting the home pack back on their heels but early enthusiasm meant a penalty to Guildford who kicked into the Chob 25. This was taken safely and the Guildford backs looked to attack across wide to the right. They were kept out but maintained possession. They reformed and came back across to the left where the outside man had the room and the wheels to cross for an early score.

 

A sloppy restart and another offside penalty gave Guildford the platform to kick Chob back towards their own goal line. Chob resisted the attempted drive at the line, and Guildford were forced into a loose pass in midfield. Unfortunately the home 13 saw a gap in the defensive line that had come up very quickly and had the pace to go all the way once he had gathered the ball. The conversion was successful and it was now a 12-0 deficit.

 

This time a much better restart was pinched and Chob were able to exert some pressure of their own. The down side of playing an A squad is that openings come around a lot less frequently. So it was that Chob pounded away at the door for at least 10 minutes, but the home side held firm. Chob got to within a yard of the whitewash on a couple of occasions but weren’t able to convert this into points.

 

Guildford looked to have weathered the storm with a scrum on their own 25 yard line and a chance to put more space between Chob and the try line. Once more however the pack fronted up and had their opponents in retreat. Sam put the 9 in all sorts of trouble and to try a speculative loopy pass while on his backside. Teo had broken quickly from the flank and snaffled the pass before the fly-half. Nobody could lay a hand on him and he scored the visitors’ first points, Samuel following up with a neat conversion to get Chob back in the game at 7-12.

 

Guildford came back strongly however as Chob were unable to safely clear their lines and Guildford had another lineout very close to the Chob line. The drive was once more rebuffed but Guildford kept control of the pill and after a couple more hits close to the breakdown went over for a third try, taking the lead back out to 10 points.

 

Chob were temporarily down to 14 as Finn had taken a nasty knock defending the line, and Guildford were able to use the numerical advantage in their last action before half-time. The forwards again worked well close to the breakdown to create space in the midfield.

 

Chobham had it all to do, turning round 24-7 behind, and playing up the slope. To their credit the second period was a much more even affair. The visiting lineout continued to function well, allowing Chob at least a fair share of possession. Callum and Ben started to get the hang of their unfamiliar positions at 12 and 13. Callum rattled the home back line with some shuddering tackles when they looked to open up the game.

 

Chob endured a further spell with one man unavailable, but Guildford couldn’t create any more points with the defence now more organised after the break. Guildford’s scrum half got to a yard or two from the line but terrier tackling stopped him short and then pushed Guildford out to the visiting 10 yard line.

 

When Chob had the ball Lewis looked dangerous, particularly when returning Guildford kicks that the brassier defence brought about. Guildford had one good chance with a break down the right wing but Harrison was able to put on the afterburners and make a try saving tackle on the 25 yard line and Chob had a lineout. With metronomic consistency this was won cleanly and a good kick from Ewen put the home fullback under pressure from the chasing players. A penalty was awarded for not releasing and Chob were now up to the home 25.

 

Quick ball off the top aimed to get the backs moving at pace but a loose pass fell nicely for Guildford. They picked up cleanly and with the Chob line having committed forward, one pass was all that was needed to undo all the good work.

 

Chob now only really had consolation points to chase, being 31-7 down, but they set about it with real commitment. The forwards recovered the kick-off and pushed Guildford back into their 25. The front pod did its bit to get up quick and pinch the throw. The backs looked for gaps to the right, before being brought down. Then the forwards took over and punched close to the Guildford line under the posts. A couple of simple passes gave Jack the opportunity to open his Chobham account against his old team with a fine try to cap a strong physical performance all afternoon. Samuel added the final points with a good kick and the final score was 31-14 to Guildford.

 

So a defeat, but plenty of good things to focus on ahead of a return to cup action against Sutton and Epsom on December 16th.

 

Squad: Samuel, Harvey, Callum, Ben, Lewis, Ewen, Sam, Dan, Harrison, Jack, Finn, Max, Teo, Tom, Billy.

U16Bs gallop to victory at Newbury

Chobham Under 16s broke new ground on Sunday with a trip west to Newbury. Travelling with only fourteen as a result of late call-ups to the A squad, the hosts generously loaned a player, to be known as Newbury James, to make it an even game.

 

Chob were out of the gates quickest and were very soon into a 5-0 lead with Andy scoring wide out. After a long injury break for an unfortunate Newbury player the game recommenced with Chob still in the ascendancy. Matt made a break from halfway and great support from the back row with Teo and then Harrison on hand for a pop pass Harrison crossed to double the lead at 10-0.

 

The restart once more put Chob on the front foot with Lewis carrying right back to the home 10. The visitors kept up the pressure but despite a couple of line breaks couldn’t extend the lead further. Newbury began to get into the game and their rucking game started to cause Chob problems at the breakdown.

 

A loose pass in midfield gave Newbury the opportunity to strike back as one of their wingers was first to it and had the legs to go in despite a couple of despairing attempts to  bring him down. At this stage Chob lost one Daniel to a calf injury, but again Newbury came through and he was replaced by Newbury Dan.

 

Chob continued with their game plan of the forwards creating the platform for the backs to then look for the gaps in a stretched defence, but it was Newbury who went close. One of the big forwards made a line break but it was Ewen who reacted first and was able to chase back to make a try saving tackle and win a penalty to clear the danger.

 

Half-time beckoned and Chobham were close to the Newbury line once more with Newbury James carrying hard at the heart of the home defence. The forwards took a scrum against the head and looked to punch through in the centre channel. With quick ball through a couple of phases Harrison was over once more, and Andy added the conversion to give the visitors a 17-5 lead at the whistle.

 

The Newbury coaches clearly laid out a swift change in tactics over the half-time oranges as they opened up the second period playing a much tighter game. Using their size advantage in the front 8 they set about grinding Chob down with a series of hits close to the breakdown. To the Chobham boys credit the line creaked but it didn’t break and they held firm for the first 10 minutes of the half. The referee at one point looked to have given a try, but after consultation with the linesman the decision was a Chob 25 yard drop out. From that point the boys in blue were able to work their way into the Newbury half for the first time in the second period. They won a penalty inside the home 25 and a quick tap gave the chance to use room wide on the left. A loose pass prevented the score initially but Andy was on hand to scoop up the bouncing ball and add his second try. For good measure he added the conversion and Chob now had a healthy 24-5 advantage.

 

Newbury seemed deflated by this clinical attack and were almost immediately further behind. Sam owned the restart kick and then Ewen poked a clever kick back into the Newbury red zone. Newbury James got himself further off the home Christmas ‘gathering’ season by ripping the ball in a tackle. A couple of plays later the ball was with Lewis wide on the right with just enough space to dive in to make the score 29-5.

 

The forwards and backs were now working well in combination and the passing interplay took them right back into the danger area for Newbury. A series of scrums with Chob matching their counterparts despite the size deficit was just the stage for Danny at fly-half to curve a cheeky kick behind the home back line for Andy to chase onto for his hat-trick.

 

Chobham safely saw out the game without further scares and finished held up right on the line in search of another try.

 

The final score was a 34-5 victory for Chob who continue to play an entertaining 15 man style of rugby wherever possible. All sixteen players (with thanks to Newbury’s James and Dan) put in a shift ahead of a much shorter journey on 9th December to play Guildford As having beaten a useful Berkshire side.

 

Squad: Daniel, Andy, Matt, Ewen, Lewis, Danny, Sam, Dan, Ben, Newbury James, Finn, Max, Teo, Tom, Harrison, Newbury Dan.

Chobham Fireworks – Volunteers needed?

Dear Chobham members,

As you know the Chobham Fireworks evening (Saturday 27th October) is not only the biggest community event for Chobham but it is one of Chobham RFC’s biggest social events and we need your help.  We need as many volunteers from across all the sections of the club to help where possible to make this a successful event.  The minis run the sweets, candyfloss and popcorn stalls.  Juniors run the BBQ and outside bar.  Seniors take care of security.  But we need help before the event with the following from 10am on Saturday.

– setting up marquees for the various stalls.

– putting up the orange fencing around the bonfire.

– putting up signage.

– preparing all the stalls with equipment.

– electrical work for outside lighting.

– preparing the BBQs.

We will also need all the support we can get on the night and may have gaps on the BBQ or outside bar at times, so should you wish to help on those then you would be most welcome.

If you are able to help with any of the following can you please let Sherrie Mayger know as soon as possible either on Facebook, email here or  07701 096899.

 

Many thanks

Geraint Parry

Club Social Secretary