Chobham Capitulate

Chobham 17-54 Belsize Park

After 38 minutes at Fowlers Wells on Saturday it was a very tense, tight affair and the two teams had nothing between. But the second half saw a Chobham collapse and all 5 points go to the Central London club.

Saturday saw prop Angus Hargan reach his 50 appearances for the 1st XV, Gus played for Chobham since he was 9 years old and made his debut for the 1st XV on 1st November 2020 at home against London Exiles in a 27-17 win. Gus’s first try for the senior team came away at Chiswick in October 2021. While at university Gus played Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh, Scotland) 1st XV for four seasons before returning to his boyhood club. Gus is an integral part of out successful front row and week in week out he dominates his opposition prop, he is known for being quite verbal on the pitch and regularly falls foul of the match official. But Gus’ dominant running and good hands make him a huge influenece in open play too.

Opposition Belsize Park sat second in Regional 2 Thames, back in October Chobham scored with the last play of the game, running the ball from behind their own try line with what was probably the try of the season so far. This weekend looked to be a similar scenario and only 5 minutes in Angus Hargan, making his 50th 1st XV appearance for the Scarlett & Golds, was held up over from a lineout. The home crowd were really excited when from a 5m line out Chobhams Pete McCain scored just to the left of the post after 25 minutes for a converted try. The next score came 10 minutes later for the visitors when flanker Harry broke the line on the 22m and ran in a converted try. But Chobham replied straight from the kick off and Sam Davies got a penalty as the visitors were disciplined for holding on. From the restart Belsize Park attacked the Chobham line and Chris Kent went to the sin bin for killing the ball. From the penalty, with the extra man, Belsize Park spun the ball wide and Chobhams last man in defence John Rumsey slapped the ball to the ground and headed off to the sin bin too. With a two man advantage the visitors attacked the line and eventually fullback Lee crossed for their second converted try. At halftime it was close at 10-14 and the Scarlett and Golds knew they’d gave to work hard for the next 10 minutes to stay in the game.

The first 10 minutes of the second half saw the start of a Chobham collapse, the visitors got three tries from winger Church, second row Robinson and flanker Harry got his second. Now back to 15 on th epitch things did not improve for Chobham and lots of indiscipline and poor decisions saw Church get two more tries for his hat-trick. With only a few minutes left a 5m scrum driven over saw captain Guy Mawhood ground the ball. But to sum the day up Belsize Park ran the ball straight back from the kick off and the visitors scrum half Davddson scored. Belsize Park headed home to London 54-17 and deserved winners of a game of two halves.

After the game head coach Robbie Kennard said “the two yellow cards just before half time changed the game and after the restart we lost all composure. We fell off tackles and lost our shape against a very well organised and skilled side.

We must now regroup for two weeks time when we go to Amersham and Chiltern, we need to take our A game to them and as a squad work on team play to gaurutee a top half for the season.”

Director of Rugby Harry Norman-Walker said “the score flattered them somewhat and all the damage was done in the second half when we were down to 13 men, sasly after that we looked like we’d given up. It’s tough when there had been little between the two teams in the first half.

We heard this week we have been drawn away to Farnham in the first round of the Papa Johns Community Cup on the 13th April.”

Starters: Pete McCain; Reece Finnerty; Angus Hargan; Chris Kent; Sam Goddard; Dan Warren; Harrison Jones; Dan Benton; Guy Mawhood; Adam Peever; Noah Jenkins; Oli Guy; Sam Davies; Joe Mousley; John Rumsey.

Replacements: Josh Macco; Ben Puttock; Ed Howard.

Harry Norman-Walker
Director of Rugby
Chobham RFC
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