Chobham U21s began their John Douglas Cup campaign with a 28-10 win in their opening fixture of the group stage against Dorking U21s.
Chobham started the game with such a high intensity that very few could keep pace with. Strong early carries from Charlie Head and skipper Ollie Campbell which set the tone. James Cunningham marshalled the team well and ensured we played the game inside Dorking’s 22. Eventually, the pressure paid off as wing Josh Tizzard made a strong tackle following a kick chase giving Chobham an attacking scrum 5 metres out. Josh Tizzard then turned finisher as a strong Chobham scrum gave Steve Ball the time to go blind and pass to Tizzard who scored with ease.
Dorking scored 3 points through a penalty off the restart, after Chobham played with their ball in their own 22 in wet conditions. Both teams were battling to come to terms with conditions with some big tackles being made by both teams, specifically number 8 Max Sambrook who made a crunching hit to force a knock on. However, Chobham were first to get to grips with conditions with two resounding tries. The first, came from Charlie Head making another strong carry 40 metres out to make a half break and offloading to Connor Wright who beat the fullback to score.
A very similar score followed, but this time Max Sambrook turned the creator with a break made 50 metres out before offloading to Keir Perry who rounded the fullback and scored under the posts to take the game to 21-3 at half-time with James Cunningham kicking all conversions.
The second half was more of an arm wrestle as both teams defended admirably. Dorking held Chobham out on a few occasions and vice versa, as Chobham kept Dorking out with James Somper holding the ball up over the line. Eventually, Chobham made the breakthrough with another great Charlie Head carry and offload to Connor Wright, who ran a great line to score under the posts for James Cunningham to kick another conversion.
Dorking got the final score of the game after phases of pressure on the Chobham line to break down a resolute defence. The game was played in great spirits which all of the Chobham players enjoyed.
A number of U18s made an impact on their U21 debuts. A big well done to Connor Wright, Oliver Davy, Bobby Bailes, Ronan McGuinness and Juan. Choosing a man of the match was difficult with the likes of Connor Wright, Josh Tizzard, Ollie Campbell, James Cunningham and Max Sambrook putting in real showings. But the man of the match had to be Charlie Head for his two try assists and sheer strength with his carries and tackles, as well as his set piece work.
We are looking forward to our next U21 fixture in the John Douglas Cup during the Christmas break on Friday 27th December against Old Walcountians.