Chinnor U16s win decisively in first league match
By Alex Bond
In a closer contest than the score would suggest, Chinnor U16 see off a strong Newbury side..
Chinnor started well receiving the kick and maintaining possession through what felt like twenty phases of play. The pressure eventually led to a penalty only for the home side to knock on from the ensuing lineout. Both teams were solid in the scrum and it took a Newbury knock on to regain possession. Ben G at #8 carried well and, with support from the front row of Louis A, Harry R and Shaun B, scrum half Josh A spun the ball to the fly half. At this point, Josh E threw an uncharacteristicly high ball and the supporters thought it would be lost, but Dylan T, running a hard line, took the ball above his head and ran in 15 yards to score under the posts. 7-0.
The ensuing kickoff went to touch but the was not thrown straight. There followed a good passage of play for the visitors until the ball was stolen by Chinnor who kicked to clear their lines. The kick was charged down buy Newbury the visitors were looking menacing. They had a great run down the wing only to be tackled into touch but Chinnor couldn't capitalise on this, giving away a penalty following the line out. After another turnover, Chinnor had a good run only for Newbury to come back on the offensive. The hosts we then penalised for being offside allowing Newbury to break through to score. Duly converted to bring the score level at 7-7.
Newbury carried on looking strong and the hosts gave away another penalty resulting in a line out within own 22 yard line. Fortunately the pressure eased as Newbury were penalised. This gave the combination Dylan T, Eddie C, Louis and Ben S the opportunity to carry and ship the ball to make good ground. Having knocked on, Chinnor were fortunate to be awarded a free kick at the scrum. This lead to a neat passage of play where Ben S went over for 5 points and converted his own try. 14-7.
The next restart to touch and Archie D showed his carrying ability from the lineout driving into the Newbury pack. The next few minutes saw scrappy play with two further penalties being given away. Newbury were unlucky not to score and were let down buy a forward pass. The hosts continued to make heavy going of the game right up until just before half-time when Toby C cut through the newbury defence to score in the corner. This brought the score 19-7 going into the break.
With the restart going 10 Newbury cleverly kicked through from the scrum only for the ball to trickle into touch. Again Chinnor did not capitalise on this and Newbury applied the pressure eventually allowing their full back to score. 19-14.
Maybe this was the wake up call joiner needed. Having secured a line out 15 metres from the try line, they drove a all over to score. 24-14.
The next kick was caught in the air by Newbury only to be knocked on shortly afterwards. There was then some brilliant play from Dylan T, Ben M and Ben S who dotted down his second of the day. 29-14.
The home team started to look good with great work from the forwards, including Gus B and Max M, which gave the backs a platform to work from. Quick hands saw the ball delivered to Alex B to score. 34-14.
Newbury were then trying to get out of their own 22, when the hosts gave away a penalty that Newbury made good on. 34-21. Tired legs were starting to show and a further infringement led to a massive Newbury run that was only stopped 5 metres from the try line. A loose ball collected by Eddie C save the moment and set the scene for a blinding run by Ben M, supported by Gus B. It looked great but was judged forward. Chinnor were back on the front foot and punished Newbury for an infringement with a second try for Alex B. 41-21.
Newbury then defended well forcing Chinnor to clear their lines and work to regain possession. Sam G carried well and the ball was kicked through with three Chinnor players chasing and forcing the turnover metres from the try line. A succession of 'pick and go's eventually broke the defence to bring the score to 48-21.
The last two minutes of the game saw Ben N catch the ball in the air and offload to Ben G. There was then a classy interchange which resulted in Dylan T scoring having taken a high ball at pace. Final score 53-21.
Will F came on for Eddie and played well making both carries and tackles. It was a good team effort and felt closer than the score would suggest right up ten minutes from time. Newbury were good opposition narrowly missed out on a bonus point.