MATT Williams said he was proud of his Chinnor players for the way they secured a bonus-point victory at Cinderford.
Tries from Josh Hodson (2), Will Harries, Luc Jeannot and Will Flinn helped the side earn a 31-23 win in the Forest of Dean on Saturday.
The success was also down to a heroic defensive effort in the second half, which saw Cinderford camped on Chinnor’s try line for nearly a quarter of an hour.
Crucially the hosts, who had led 18-12 at the break, only came away with an unconverted try as they still trailed 24-23, before scrum-half Flinn’s late score and professional time-keeping ensured the Oxfordshire visitors made certain of victory.
The performance delighted director of rugby Williams, whose side have climbed to fourth in National League 1 following back-to-back bonus-point wins.
He said: “It was a great result.
“In the first half, I think we played slightly into their hands, we were a bit too confrontational unnecessarily.
“At half-time, we spoke about moving the ball wide as quick as possible and we came out straight from the kick-off and scored an absolutely brilliant try going side-to-side through several phases.
“We then probably defended on our try line for 12-13 minutes towards the end of the game and the camaraderie and endeavour to keep them out was brilliant.
“I am genuinely really proud of the boys.
“It was another very physical and bruising game and we came out with a big five points.”
Williams added: “The other thing that pleased me after we kept them out was that with four minutes left to play, we controlled it really well through slow piston play either side of the nine and to see it out was great.
“It was a really mature finish and the boys had a great moment in the changing room.
“It feels that each week we make a big move forward and the togetherness of the squad takes another massive step forward.”
The one element of concern was the head injury centre Pete Laverick suffered in the first minute.
This led to a reshuffle, with Jason Worrall moved to 13 and Will Harries to the right wing.
Replacement Caolan Ryan was introduced at full-back and went on to play a starring role as he was instrumental in both of Hodson’s tries.
Williams said: “Pete’s obviously very disappointed and he will have a sore head, but that was another example of how well we did.
“We only had one back on the bench, but Caolan came on, played 79 minutes, and had a very good game.
“Pete should be ok, obviously we’ll make an assessment as the week progresses, but I was very pleased with the boys for the way they adapted with only a minute on the clock.”
Chinnor are next in action this weekend when they welcome Rotherham Titans to Kingsey Road.
It is the first Super Saturday of the season, with plenty going on at the club.
The bar will be open from 8am, while we will be showing both World Cup quarter-finals.
There is also a three-course pre-match lunch and for more details click HERE.