Scarlet & Golds Rampage in Round 1 of Papa Johns Cup

Chobham 76 – 22 Chiswick

Huge credit had to be given to Chiswick for fulfilling last Saturday’s opening round of the Papa Johns Community Cup at Fowlers Wells, they turned up with only 15 players and had two 17-year-old debuts. They finished 3rd in Counties 1 Middx/ Herts this season and with a decimated squad could have easily forfeited the game,  but they lasted the 80 minutes with the full complement and their club must be very proud of them.

Billy Davisons team saw a number of changes with the return of Sam Thirlwell and Chris Kent in the engine room, Joe Mousley on the wing and Max Sambrook returned to the bench. From the kick off the stronger Chobham pack dominated the game and the same as last week did not appear to be able to follow through to the end.  The party atmosphere at Fowlers Wells was put on hold by the visitors as they took the opening score honours with a well worked try from fullback Mech following a simple hands move to the right wing from an attacking ruck in the middle of the field. But as Chobham upped their game it became a different story, the Scarlett and Gold pack owned the tight and drove Chiswick backwards at every scrum, similarly all lineouts saw the hosts gain yardage.

Captain Magnus Barber opened the scoring for Chobham, having now scored for 3 games in a row,. The first half saw 2 tries as well for John Rumsey as well as seeing Angus Hargan, joe Mousley and Sam Goddard scoring, as well as Chiswicks Mech getting his second. Going in 38-10 up at half time made it hard for the hosts to keep the pressure going in a game that it looked like they had already won.

The second half was a more clinical and despite the visitors looking like they’d lost their legs they got two more deserved tries through Owens and Tarsh. At halftime all three game changers came on and were rewarded with tries, Max Sambrook scored two tries, while both Leon Nell and Harrison Jones crossed the white line. The second half also saw Sam Davies and Tommy Reed score, as well as Davies converting 8 times in the game. Chobham won 76-22 and now have the second round of the Papa Johns Community Cup to look forward to. 

We have been drawn away to Bromley Rugby Club in Round 2 of the Papa Johns Community Cup on the 15th April. Bromley finished 2nd in Counties 1 Kent this season behind Old Alleynians and they beat Old Tiffinians 27-26 in the PJCC Round 1 last week.

After the game Head Coach Billy Davison said “A relaxed group of players arrived for Chobham 1st XV’s inaugural Papa John’s Community Cup, a national tournament, a straight knock-out, and with the significant carrot of a final held at Twickenham stadium, there was much to play for. A dominant set-piece set the foundation for an increasingly confident performance and many of the twelve tries brought loud cheers from the side-line. Huge thanks and credit to opposition team Chiswick who challenged and performed with great spirit throughout the contest. Better will be needed from the Chobham team as they progress through to round two, but a big well done for a fine victory and a fun afternoon.”

Captain Magnus Barber said “Great game at Fowlers Wells for Chobham. We welcomed a spirited Chiswick side who showed some great individual running, and managed to squeeze past a few tries in what was a dominant Chobham performance. Particularly impressed by the forwards who dominated at scrum time, winning several against the head, as well as setting up a solid platform for the backs to play. This meant an expansive game of rugby and, despite the weather conditions in the morning, this fitted perfectly into Chobham’s game plan as we played a lot to the backs, trying to get our wingers to make good yards in the wide channels.

It was really great to see the spirit from the boys to have the confidence to go and play. This was typified by a man of the match performance from prop Pete McCain who alongside scrummaging ability had some incredible runs, one of which was 60 meters with 3 of their players hanging off him. Excited about the next round and working towards more of the same.”

Chobhams Director of Rugby, Harry Norman-Walker, said “A great result in front of a large home crowd, a dozen tries will always be appreciated. But huge credit to Chiswick and their depleted team who made us work the full 80 minutes and worryingly opened us up to score 4 tries themselves.

Great performance from Finn Livingstone with his first start, as well as the pack who totally controlled the game from start to finish. We will need to focus for the next round as if we are not switched on for 80 minutes we could be embarrassed.” 

A combined team of Cannons/ Crusaders and Colts travelled to Dorking and played their 3s on Saturday, losing to a last minute try 27-22. Easter Bank Holiday Monday (10th April) the Under 22s play in the Surrey Smith-Shelton Plate Final against Haslemere, 10:30 kick off.

Chobham: Pete McCain; Sean Bellion; Angus Hargan; Sam Thirlwell; Ben Puttock; Chris Kent; Magnus Barber (Capt.); Sam Goddard; Finn Livingstone; Adam Peever; Joe Mousley; Oli Guy; Sam Davies; John Rumsey; Tommy Reed

Game Changers: Leon Nell; Harrison Jones; Max Sambrook.

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