Forwards Success at Twickenham – Twickenham 18 v 32 Chobham

Twickenham 18 v 32 Chobham

Chobham travelled to 5th placed Twickenham, the team who beat them 29-17 earlier in the season. and the only team to have beaten them at home this season. The squad knew they had a hard task ahead of them. They had the same squad who ran out against Kingston a fortnight ago, Billy Davison was really comfortable with their preparation for the game. 

From the start the hosts attacked the Scarlet and Golds and within a couple of minutes they were rewarded with a penalty which Goddard converted. They continued to press Chobham, but the visitors first soiree into the Twickenham half saw them awarded a penalty which Sam Davies slotted from 40m out. With 10 minutes gone captain Guy Mawhood retrieved a kick into the Chobham 22 and after evading tackles passed to Davies who scored the first try of the game in the left-hand corner.

Twickenham continued to pressure Chobham and their resolute defence kept the hosts out. Chobham did not seem able to execute phases or protect the ball. Eventually the pressure told and Twickers prop Fyles barrelled over for their first converted try. As Chobham upped their game the fantastic pack totally dominated all set pieces, they were driving Twickers scrum back on their own ball and disrupting line out after line out. With half time approaching the hosts were lucky not to have conceded a penalty try having been driven 10 meters backwards to their try line, but penalty after penalty finally saw Pete McCain scored a try from a ruck after a line out as Twickers defence spread and he penetrated the gap. From the restart Chob gave  a penalty away that allowed Goddard his second score of the day, Chobham went in at half time with their noses ahead 15-13.

Within a couple of minutes of the halfs start Mawhood saw a similar opportunity to McCain when the Twickenham defence spread wide and allowed him to pick the ball from a ruck and run 20m for a converted try. 20 minutes later, in a half where the Scarlet & Golds were now stringing phase after phase together and not dropping the ball, Oli Guy released Josh Sheppard to score a converted try in the right corner. 

Chobham total dominance now of set piece gave Twickenham very little platform to work off, but from a 5m line out the hosts Goddard cross field kick to wing Polley saw them cross the line for their second try. The last score of the game was a penalty from the halfway for Davies,  Chobham deserved 32-18 victors and remain 3rd in the league, the chase for promotion is definitely still on. 

With Billy Davison away, Robbie Kennard was Head Coach on the day and said after the game “after a close, and on our part, an error-ridden first half we really showed some character in the second half. The boys showed some real class on the ball and we defended really well for long periods of time. The sign of a good team is one that can win when we haven’t been at our best and we certainly did that. That takes nothing away from our hosts Twickenham, who are strong combative team who caused us problems. A special mention to the Scrum and Line out, they were dominant and superb.”

Director of Rugby Harry Norman-Walker said “we deserved to win on the day, but Twickenham definitely made us work for the victory today. The performance from our pack in the set piece was phenomenal, we won 6 of their lineouts. Our defence was resolute and for long periods we absorbed everything they threw at us.”

Starters: Pete McCain; Sean Bellion; Angus Hargan; Dan Benton; Matt Bosworth; Magnus Barber; Max Sambrook; Sam Goddard; Guy Mawhood; Adam Peever; Josh Sheppard; Oli Guy; Sam Davies; John Rumsey; Tommy Reed.

Replacements: Leon Nell; Dan Warren; Ollie Blackmur.

This Thursday 16th Feb we host an Argentinian touring side, Belgrano Athletic Club, under the lights fo ra 7pm ko. Next Saturday bottom of the table Warlingham visit Chobham.

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