Mixed fortunes for U15s in final home fixtures

Match Report from Doug Mayger :

The Under 15 Bs and As hosted Esher and London Irish As respectively on Sunday, following a tour to Dublin where all the boys showed great application in narrow defeats to Suttonians U16 squad.



First up were the Bs who yet again were up against an A squad containing some big units who were keen to carry the ball at the Chobham defence.

The early exchanges were a little scrappy as both sides struggled to hold the ball in contact and create a platform to attack from. Esher then had the first opportunity as the home side were penalised at the ruck and Esher kicked to the corner. A neat front peel was held, but illegally so Esher opted for another line in the corner. This time the catch and drive option, with maybe a hint of ‘truck and trailer’ was held on the line, but a pick and go found a gap to go over by the corner flag and opening the scoring for the visitors at 0-5.






The restart dropped to Esher’s main ball carrier with space to build up steam. With support on his shoulder the visitors were immediately into the Chob red zone before spilling, but a high tackle was adjudged and Esher had the penalty and a line on the home 25.

Good pressure in midfield caused a handling error and Teo poached it with Andy making ground and then Akin making it to the Esher 5 where Chob won a penalty. Opting for the quick tap a couple of surges ended with Chob being held up a fraction short and Esher had a scrum to release the pressure.

Esher worked their way upfield until a combination of attacking close to the breakdown before releasing the centre into a backtracking defensive line brought their second try and a 10-0 lead.






It was 17-0 very soon afterwards as the restart didn’t go 10 and a scrum provided the platform for the visiting left wing to round the defence and give an easy conversion.

With some stern words from the coaches the boys reacted in fine style, by taking the game to their opposition and showing they too could carry hard in traffic. The breakthrough came as SamO cut right against the drifting defence putting Rhys into space in the tramlines. He was held but Saxon was looping at pace and had the gas to go over and make the half-time score 5-17.






Early in the second half Chob kept up the pressure as early tackles stopped Esher from making ground. An attacking scrum and the wings combining down the short side got Lewis close the line. Harvey was on hand to pick up and blast through the defence wide in the corner, in similar fashion to the game in Ireland the previous week.

The lead was down to 7 points now and Chob went in search of a third score. Unfortunately a loose pass in midfield was hacked on by Esher and Chob were backtracking at pace and conceded a penalty near their line. A quick tap allowed Esher to go over and extend the lead to 24-10.






The lead meant Chob had to play a higher risk game and Esher were able to pounce and create another attack of their own. A penalty lead to another attacking line and this time the front peel was enough for Esher to score their fifth try and the lead was 29-10.

Unbowed, Chob did their best to cross again, leading to the occasional ‘squabble’ but the Esher defence held firm. With the final play of the game Teo tried a quick tap, with Esher being caught not 10. Another tap went to Harrison but he was held just short and the final score remained 29-10.

Big thanks go to the boys who took turns to help Esher to play with a full 15 rather than playing one short.


Squad:SamA, Lewis, MattW, Akin, Andy, Rhys, SamO, Billy, Ben, Alfie, Max, Harvey, Saxon, Teo, Harrison, Finn, Hugh, Joe, TomH.



Next up the A squad took on London Irish, a side they hadn’t played since the days of mini rugby. With the game being a ‘friendly‘, some of the boys from the Bs match bolstered the bench and looked to show the strength in depth through the age group.

With Chob kicking off it was the defensive side of the game that was on show first. Irish were pinned back in their half as the tackles found their mark. Irish in turn showed good ball retention before conceding a scrum just in their own half. With the roles reversed the game was remarkably familiar as Irish in turn defended well as Chob probed for a gap before finally being penalised at a ruck. An Irish crosskick was kept in by Harry as he scooped it underarm in field just as he was about to step into touch. Chob now had the territorial advantage but couldn’t manufacture a clean break as a half break from Fin in midfield and then MattN were brought down by the boys in green.







Penalties were exchanged as Chob kept Irish in their own half for the most part until almost half-time. Chris made a break from fly-half, his shirt stretching to a pale blue as his opposite number just had enough to keep hold. Ruck ball was kicked to the corner from where Irish punted it back into midfield. Gideon was prowling and saw plenty of space to the left. A wide pass to Tommy was enough to open the scoring, Chris adding the extras for a 7-0 lead just before half-time.

Maybe Chob switched off slightly as Irish piled forward to win a penalty and kick to the corner. With lineouts being uncontested it gives plenty of scope to set up a drive which Irish duly did to good effect, winning a penalty. The drive this time was successful and Irish levelled at 7-7 on the whistle.






Starting the second half with a deep kick Chob were immediately on the back foot in the left corner. A series of drives from the visiting forwards were repelled before they were held up over the line and had a 5 yard scrum. Chob were penalised for wheeling and Irish went for the lineout once more. Another well-drilled routine was enough for them to take the lead for the first time at 12-7.

Irish were a bit haphazard under the restart and allowed the ball to bounce before gathering under pressure and then conceding a scrum from a forward pass. This time it was the Chob set piece that was in control as they got a nudge on putting the defence on their heels. Gideon gathered and with a quick shimmy was home free to score out wide as the full-back tried to get across to him. It was back to level at 12-12.







Chob kept up the pressure and looked the most likely to break the deadlock, first from a lineout drive of their own and then using a couple of clever kicks to  turn the Irish wingers, Adam being inches away from gathering the bouncing ball with the line at his mercy.

Irish were able to keep Chob out however and with around 5 minutes to go won a penalty and cleared to halfway. Looking to use the backs Fin and Tommy were up quickly and created the turnover. Fast hands left where the Irish backs had come in tight at the ruck meant Connor was able to use his pace and loop round to retake the lead at 17-12.






With a slender 5 point lead any Irish score could have given them an opportunity to snatch the victory at the death. Digging deep they were able to put Chob back in their 25 following a penalty as the ref called last play. The drive was held 5 yards out and Irish looked to work across field through the hands. The home side once more were stronger in the wider channels and Irish spilled the ball before it was hacked into touch to confirm the narrow 5 point victory to Chobham.

Both games proved to be excellent work outs before their Surry Cup matches at Weybridge Vandals on 22ndApril, the Bs having another fixture against an A squad in the Chairman’s Cup at 11:30, this time from Guildford before the As take on Dorking in the Presidents Cup final at 2:30.



Squad:Aran, Adam, Reece, Fin, Harry, Chris, Gideon, Billy, Charlie, Oli, Callum, Al, Connor, TommyP, MattN, Doug, Harrison, Ben, Akin, MattW.



Match Report: Doug Mayger

Photographs: David Newton


Winning Start for Chobham u14 A’s

Match Report from Doug Mayger : After an all too brief time to prepare it was straight into round robin (the league that dare not speak its name) action on Sunday. As with last year Camberley were the first opposition, this year on the newly extended orchard pitch. With Danny going down injured in the warm up it was down to the squad of 17 to reverse a narrow defeat to the same opposition last season.


Chobham kicked off uphill and uncertainty on the visitors’ part meant Chobham gathered the ball and earned a penalty that was kicked into the 22. The first lineout was won safely under the laws and Chobham were moving forward again. Camberley resistance was strong and the early exchanges continued to ebb and flow in the visitors half.




As the half progressed Camberley were able to use the slope advantage and were able to make inroads into the home half, but without mounting any serious attacks on the try line. With around 15 minutes played Camberley had a scrum about 10 yards out with a wide blind side. The break went that way but Adam made the tackle and as the play was worked back in field Dan was on hand to make a tackle and Doug was in to rip the ball away before the ref awarded Chobham a scrum.


Under pressure Harry was able to make a clearing kick which was returned to Jack at fullback to return with interest after winning a penalty and the kick was pushed into the Camberley half. Camberley regained possession and looked to work the ball wide but a slip was pounced on by Chris with Connor on hand to drive forward. Possession was conceded after a couple of phases but the home side kept on the front foot in defence and rucked well to keep Camberley penned in their own half. As time ran out Oli pinched a ball at the ruck to release Tommy and draw another penalty but the whistle blew before anything significant could be created.





With the slope in their favour after the break Chobham were immediately on the offence from a good kick down field which Camberley then kicked straight out. With the new lineout requiring quick hands Charlie and MattN figured out a low pass in and quick release to the scrumhalf would guarantee possession. Reece popped up at centre on the crash to make it to the 22 where more quick rucking worked the ball left again before a forward pass halted momentum temporarily halted the attack as Camberley got to halfway. MattW got to a Camberley tap and the backs were on the rampage again going close but conceding a penalty on the deck. It was a blue tide down the hill now though as first Connor was held just short of the line and then an attacking maul under the sticks could have been a score but the ref was unsighted. From the 5 yard scrum Harry was bundled into touch right on the line as the Camberley defence was stretched to the limit. It was finally broken shortly after as a clearance to Jack at fullback gave him room to arc to the right and this time Harry squeezed in the corner after more solid rucking and George releasing the backline to move the ball through the hands right across field. The kick from the touch line was missed so it was 5-0.






Fin gathered the restart and drove into the Camberley half once more setting up the space for a great chip kick from Gideon down the line. With Camberley now having to create under extreme pressure the mistakes started to come and a spilled pass was hacked downfield to the 25. More terrier like tackling kept them right down under their own posts and again a steal at the tackle allowed the overlap on the right for Connor to get over for a second and decisive try and a 10-0 lead.


Into several minutes of injury time now as a result of unfortunate knocks to two Camberley players and Chobham continued to keep the pressure on. Camberley tried to get a consolation but Harrison was involved in the final play of the game from another jackal at the tackle but couldn’t get to the line.






So full-time and a very mature performance right through the squad sets them up for another local game next Sunday at Reeds.


Squad: Jack, Harry, Chris, Doug, Adam, George, Gideon, Dan, Charlie, Oli, MattN, Tommy, Connor, Fin, Reece, MattW, Harrison, Danny.



Match Report : Doug Mayger

Photographs : David Newton


Under 9A’s – London Irish – 2015

The Under 9A’s gave it a great deal of effort and showed a great deal of enthusiasm in their final fixtures of the year facing stiff competition in every match.   Although the games did not always go their way they represented Chobham proudly and passionately.     A huge thank you to all the parents and coaches for the strong support this year and looking forward to great things in the Under 10’s!


Leading the lads – Coaches Paul Evans and Mark Mantell – See you in September!!


Camberley - B's

Under 9B’s Go Undefeated @ Camberley B Festival

The Mighty Chobham Tigers were unbeaten in hard fought, low scoring matches at the Camberley B Festival on Sunday 19th April 2015.


The lads started off with an attacking performance and comfortable win against Camberley, running in four tries, before having to switch to defensive mode and putting in a lot of hard tackles to draw against Cobham, whose players were significantly bigger than ours.


Then came the highlight of the day, a fierce game against London Irish. Chobham withstood intense pressure from a big, well-drilled opposition drawing players from a large squad but their determination and commitment, with some outstanding tackling, saw them beat Irish in a close game.  By half time of the last game, Guildford were reduced to 6 players as a result of more hard tackles (and a hard ground), and our own Jacob played for the opposition in the second half, showing typical Chobham grit by scoring a last minute try against us to tie the match.


All the players’ contributions were fantastic across the board, both individually and as a close-knit team that bonded well, with every one of them putting in a phenomenal amount of hard work in defence and showing flashes of creativity in attack against often bigger teams.


Camberley - B's

Team: Rhys Kanaan, Jack Hearn, Bruno Phelan, William Odgers, Finn Dunne, Noah Jenkins, Rory Burke and Jacob Griffin

Reigate-Shield Winners

Under 8 A’s take Shield @ Redingensian’s A Festival

Chobham U8’s played to a great standard at the Redingensian’s A Festival, facing teams from Windsor, Rams, Titans, Bracknell, Farnham and Reading.  The Team played with passion, great support play, direct running and plenty of tries scored. Winning the Shield was a great result for the boys and gives them further confidence and foundation in preparation for Contact Rugby next Season – its time to leave the Tags behind!!”
Reigate-Shield Winners


Under 8 - A's

Under 8’s – Surrey A Festival

The young lads represented Chobham well with three wins out of four on a sunny day in the Surrey Hills.  They scored twenty plus tries while yielding less than ten, and led with defence, having several seven tackle turnovers throughout the day.

Of course the Chobham supporters were out in full force and as a special treat the Under’s 8’s provided the Under 9’s with an honour guard in their second match against the host team Dorking who they went on to defeat in the match.    Well done to everyone involved in a great day!



Under 8 - A's     Coach Talk





Best OffensiveTeam

U9’s Festivals: Cobham & Guilford

After a few months of hard hitting practice against each other the U9’s took their hard hitting to the rest of Surrey participating in the Esher and Guilford Festivals, seeing them take on teams from Dorking, Farnham, Reigations, Guilford, Esther, Cobham, and Guildfordians.   Every team in every festival showed great effort and determination, and of course the Chobham parents and fans made each outing feel like a home match!


In Cobham two of the Chobham teams finished undefeated and were awarded the best defensive team and also best offensive team; showing great effort and skill on both sides of the ball.


Best Offensive Team (5 – 0)                                  Best Defensive Team  (4 – 0 – 1)

Best OffensiveTeam                 Best Defensive Team


In Guilford the festival format only allowed for three teams and Chobham put out three 12 member sides in each division.   After a slow start the Chobham teams found their legs and competed at a very high level; however, the host side was too much for all comers and prevailed in the end.    The Chobham spirit was evident as each side helped cheer on the next and once again the Chobham Faithful were there in mass!   Great work by all the teams!





Defensive shift sends Chobham u12s to Twickenham!

Match Report from Doug Mayger :

A massive defensive effort from Chobham U12 A’s who kept a clean sheet over five matches was the key to victory at the Harlequins Land Rover Cup.


On 8th March Chobham were matched with Esher, Ruislip and Rosslyn Park in their group at Farnham. Opening up against Esher it was soon clear that the boys would have the advantage at scrum time after being penalised for driving too far. Undeterred though they repelled what was a rare Esher attack and Teo won a turnover from which Harry almost got away down the blindside only to be bundled into touch. Working play steadily down field Chobham won a scrum around 15 yards out. From a great forward platform the ball was worked along the backline through several pairs of hands before Dougie spun out of a tackle and crossed for a 5-0 lead at the half.



Into the second half and a long throw from Esher was gathered by Chobham and Chris made good ground to close on the Esher line where the ball was recycled only for a slight knock-on to halt the attack. The forwards however won the scrum and Esher were penalised for an early tackle at the base. A quick tap and pass found Danny, then Aaron who threw a miss pass out wide for George to get over and double the lead, the conversion making it 12-0.


From the restart Max gathered and set off on a charge up field. Chobham went through several phases moving the ball left and right before Esher conceded a penalty. A tap from Al to Dan on the hoof and finding a line through the Esher defence sealed the game with a third try and the conversion finished off the scoring at 19-0 to Chobham.




The second match was against Ruislip who looked to carry more of a physical threat than Esher. Ruislip kicked off and Danny gathered and was ably supported by his forwards who set off on a driving maul up field. Max set off on another trademark break before being tackled close to the Ruislip line. An overthrown lineout gave the ball back to Chobham with Chris on the wing but the ball is held up short. From the scrum Max cut back on the blind side from fly-half and squeezed in for the first score.


Al safely caught the restart and with Oli in tow drove back into the Ruislip half. Then it was Connor’s turn to break forward before setting the ball back to keep the attack moving, but Ruislip held it up and won a scrum. The forwards again pinched it and Tommy attacked through the middle, before Danny jinked through the defence from the next scrum to increase the score to 14-0 on half-time.




In the second half Ruislip actually had a couple of moments of possession as the boys honed their defensive skills driving back the Ruislip attacks with terrier like tackling forcing up the field without the ball. Eventually Ruislip conceded a penalty and t eh ball was smuggled back from a ruck for another sweeping passing move through Dan, Max and Tommy with a delayed pass to Aaron completed the scoring for a 21-0 final score.


The final group game was a step up in class against Rosslyn Park who had despatched Esher with ease. It proved to be a very physical encounter with no quarter asked or given. Rosslyn Park attacked the more fluently, using a cutback inside and then pass move all along the backline trying to create space. The Chobham defence was up to this however, and a good drift defence that looked like they’d worked on it all season kept Rosslyn Park at bay and allowed Hugh and Chris on the wings to stay on their man and make the tackles.



Chobham had a couple of breaks into the Park half with Max picking up a loose ball and trying to create a chance. The second half started with Chobham playing a tighter game with Oli, Al, Marcus and Dan all prominent in the pick and go to gain yards. After one such attack Park had a lineout close to their line as time was running out. The defence held Park tight and won a scrum 5 yards out. With the scrum being uncontested due to a Park injury Harry was able to dance through the 9/10 channel and dot the ball down for a late lead.



It was last play and Park kicked deep to put pressure on the Chobham defence, but Charlie was solid under the high ball and it was safely kicked halfway to Birdworld as time ran out and Chobham finished top of the group and top seeds after three wins and no tries conceded.


Their reward for being top seed was an immediate rematch against Park who were keen for revenge. After the injury in the first game they were down to 12 so Calum and Harvey generously agreed to provide cover and use their inside knowledge to good effect against Chob’.


If anything the second game was more physical than the first with play slowly moving from one end to the other as each team took it in turns to concede penalties as they grappled for the ascendancy. Teo and Aaron worked through a gap down the left but Park managed to steal it at the ruck and stop any try scoring chance. Park then worked upfield and from a quick penalty Dougie bravely made a tackle on the line and won a penalty back for a handoff.



Late in the first half Charlie and Connor worked upfield round the fringes of the breakdown and forced a penalty. Oli went all out for it but was deemed to be held up over the line. Practice makes perfect they say and from the next scrum Oli bashes over and Chobham go into the break 7-0 up.


The second half carried on in the same vein as both teams slugged it out in midfield. Park tried to play the short game but Matthew and Hugh made all their tackles on the fringes and the game seemed set for stalemate. The rush defence in the backs was again in full flight and Marcus pounced on it to set up an attacked but counter rucking from Park stole it back. Time was almost up when Park won a penalty in midfield the ball was quickly worked wide left but a great smothering tackle from about half the Chob’ team forces the ball into touch. The ref obviously called last play as Connor caught the lineout and kicked for touch and the ball just squeaked into touch again after taking a lucky deflection.




So, two games, two wins over Rosslyn Park and still nobody had breached the Chobham line. What would Farnham be able to do in the final?


Teo gathered the kick but Farnham stole it illegally at the ruck. Chobham continued with the quick tap and go plan and Max was able to gain ground. The game was developed in the same style as the previous two matches with strong defence from both sides keeping chances to a minimum. Farnham’s strong rucking game gave them the territory and possession advantage but the Chobham defence and tackling prevented any real scoring threat. Farnham managed one clean break towards the end of the first half but a tackle from Hugh kept them out initially before a second surge saw them to the line and a touchdown but luckily having knocked on in the process.


Into the second period and our old friend Louis went on a little darting run but again the defence held firm and Chobham’s advantage at the scrum, with both Calum and Harvey now restored to the dark blue ranks made sure any ball they had was under pressure. Chobham were now defending almost constantly and a long penalty kick pushed them back deep near their own line. From the throw Farnham moved right across the pitch but again super defence forced them out and the ref decided it was full-time.




The whistle was met with silence from all parts as nobody appeared to know what should happen next. Eventually sudden death was agreed on as the competition needed a winner.


Farnham were offside from the kick but the quick penalty was spilled forwards as fatigue must surely have started to kick in. Farnham still had most possession and after several minutes had a scrum close in. The ball was moved to the centre who surged for the line but a superb try saving tackle brought him down and the ball was held up over the line and Chobham were awarded a clearing penalty kicked long and into the Farnham half. From a scrum given for a knock-on Chobham pinched the ball and the Farnham 9 was offside. Nothing came from the penalty as tiredness was noticeably taking hold and the ref opted to blow again for full-time as injuries were cropping up all over the place.


It was 0-0 then at full-time and neither side knew what was going to happen. After what must have been an age for the boys a decision was announced and Chobham had won the trophy through their rock solid defence as they had score 7 tries to nil and Farnham had scored 7 but conceded against Battersea in the semi.


So the boys are off to Twickenham for the Premiership final at the end of May for a great day out.


Special thanks must go to the coaching team of Matt Parker, Simon Parsons and Fed Petersen who marshalled the squad so well all day. They must all be as excited as the boys about the opportunity to be pitchside at rugby’s spiritual home…