Scarlett & Golds Last Play Win

Grasshoppers 31-34 Chobham (21/10/23)

Chobham won with the last play of the game on Saturday at Grasshoppers, having led 22-3 at half time. For the second game on the road the Scarlett & Golds had ruined the hosts weekend by winning the game with the last play. The first half saw the new Chobham we have recently come to expect and the second half saw Chobham at it’s worst!!

Chobham travelled to 10th placed Grasshoppers, one of the best facilities in our league, with four players returning to the squad; Angus Hargan returned at prop, Justin Rowland in the back row, Nieem Khan in the centres and Matt Bosworth on the bench. Robbie Kennard was excited as we put out one of Chobhams strongest packs out this season.

From the kick off the Scarlett & Golds dominated the set piece, their scrum having Grasshoppers on their back foot time and time again. Similarly the Chobham lineout was totally dominant. The visitors opened their account on the quarter hour with a penalty for Davis when the hosts defence were offside in front of the posts. A few minutes later the Chobham packs dominance were rewarded with a penalty try, Grasshoppers prop Perkins was yellow carded for boring in that was the reason for the penalty try. From the restart Chobham were offside and that allowed the hosts the chance to score penalty for Gilmore.

5 minutes later a long deep kick from Grasshoppers was run back by Guy Mawhood, who passed Davies who the released Josh Sheppard to score in the left corner. The last play of the half saw Davies run the ball from near the half way line, he carried his defender over for a converted try. Chobham went in 22-3 up at half time.

The second half saw a different Chobham, I wonder if they were so over confident the stepped of the gas and allowed the hosts into the game. They scored their first try through wing O’Halloran who ran 60 metres to score a converted try. Chobham came straight back with a try for Sean Bellion. !0 minutes later the hosts crossed the line again with a move from a line out, seeing hooker Walkden getting a converted try. With Perkins back on the pitch, he barrelled over for their second converted try.

With 10 minutes to go Walkden got his second try and now the hosts were leading with 10 minutes left, the dominant Chobham pack through everything at the hosts and with the last play of the game, a 5m lineout was taken by Chobham and driven towards the line before Pete McCain peeled of to score the match winner – Chobham were eventually 31-34 winners.

After the game head coach Robbie Kennard said “a game of two halves for us. We played really well in the first half, getting into shape and playing multi phase rugby. Grasshoppers came back at us in the second half and played in the right areas. After going behind; it was a huge effort from the Chobham lads in what was overtime. We dug in, showed huge character and got what we felt like was the deserved win.”

Forwards coach Chris Kent said “any win is a good win, and 5 points away from home is a great one. A really dominant performance from the tight five at scrum time and much improved continuity in the open. We have much to work on, and defensively we must be better, making hard work of the W in the second half. With no game this Saturday, we have four opportunities to build on this winning momentum ready for Hemel Hempstead.”

Harry Norman-Walker, Chobham Director of Rugby, said “we saw the best and worst of Chobham at Grasshoppers, we dominated the set piece and saw a first half that had the hosts on their back feet time and time again. The second half saw us wanting, but our packs dominance was rewarded with a last minute try again. Our backs need to improve their deliverables as again they were shown up by the pack.

We have next week off for the Rugby World Cup Final and the following week sees us hosts high flying Hemel Hempstead. We will need a game winning performance for 1 to 15, but we do have the ability in our squad to get a win after the break.”

Team: Pete McCain; Sean Bellion; Angus Hargan; Chris Kent; Sam Goddard; Dan Warren; Justin Rowland; Dan Benton; John Rumsey; Guy Mawhood; Josh Sheppard; Oli Guy; Nieem Khan; Joe Mousley; Sam Davies.

Replacements: Shaun Buchan; Matt Bosworth; Harrison Jones.

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