Scarlet & Golds Promotion Edging Nearer – Chobham 78 v 0 Warlingham
On a Saturday at Fowlers Wells that started with the Friend of Chobham Rugby charity lunch that had near on 100 attendees, it was followed with MND sufferer Graeme Bloom carrying out the match official’s role before the kick off against Warlingham. The 1st XV hosted bottom of the table Warlingham, whose results had improved since Christmas and they got a win against Cranleighans last weekend, with one change to the squad from the Twickenham game with Harrison Jones coming in for Dan Warren, who has contracted COVID.
As with the previous week Chobham started off slowly and spent the first 20 minutes defending until a driving maul from a 5m line out saw Angus Hargan break the deadlock with the first try of the afternoon. In the opening quarter it was resolute defence that had kept the visitors from scoring, they were also lucky not to be down to 14 men after a deliberate knock on the line by John Rumsey. Sadly, after 10 minutes Chobham lost prop Leon Nell with a split lower lip from an accident in a ruck with captain Guy Mawhood.
10 minutes after the opening score from just a ruck outside the 22 some good hands saw Pete McCain pop to Adam Peever who broke through a gap to score his first of two tries before half time. From the restart and after two rucks Chobham scrum half broke loose and released Magnus Barber from the half way to run in under the posts for a converted try. Chobham were now starting to go through the gears and putting the game to bed, the Scarlet and Golds went in 24-0 up at half time.
Unfortunately for Warlingham, the hosts of the second half were a totally different level, from the restart a strong Chobham team ran the length of the field, combining between forwards and backs and eventually Mawhood scored. The visitors held out for another 10 minutes before a cheeky little chip by Oli Guy finally saw Sam Davies score and convert his own try, one of 9 conversions of the afternoon. Warlingham were now in for a busy afternoon retrieving the ball for 8 restarts in the half.
Chobham in the next half hour would see two tries from Josh Sheppard, another score from Davies, a brace from Pete McCain and a try from Max Sambrook. On an afternoon of 12 tries the home crowd were able to celebrate time and time again.
After the game Robbie Kennard, Assistant Coach said “it was a good performance from us today. We were very good at scrum and line out time and we were far more accurate with the ball in the second half.
We have a big week ahead for us. An away trip to Vandals will be a tough encounter and one we will need to be fully prepped for!”
Director of Rugby Harry Norman-Walker said “for the second week in a row we took a quarter of the game to get going, once we started moving the ball, we used our set piece dominance to blow Warlingham away. Any game in which you score a dozen tries has to be relished. Again, a man of the match performance by Magnus Barber was a another big positive for today.
Next week we travel to neighbours Weybridge Vandals this weekend and a fortnight later host 3rd placed Hove, winning both could really cement our promotion position for this season.”
Starters: Leon Nell; Sean Bellion; Angus Hargan; Dan Benton; Matt Bosworth; Magnus Barber; Max Sambrook; Sam Goddard; Guy Mawhood; Adam Peever; Josh Sheppard; Oli Guy; Sam Davies; Ollie Blackmur; John Rumsey.
Replacements: Pete McCain; Harrison Jones; Tommy Reed.
Last Saturday in Counties 1 Surrey/Sussex top of the table Tiffs beat second place Hove 19-15, that meant Chobham have now moved to second and only 1 league point behind Tiffs and a game in hand over them. Next Saturday sees all top six teams as the only games with Chobham away to 4th placed Weybridge Vandals, Hove travel to 5th placed Twickenham league leaders Old Tiffinians host 6th placed Old Walcountians. The results on Saturday could decide the run in for the season.
Last week Chobham Cannons lost narrowly 15-12 to Rosslyn Park Nomads and The Crusaders beat Old Caterhamians 2s 34-24 in the other two games at Fowlers Wells.
Harry Norman-Walker, Director of Rugby