Colver shines as Chinnor run free
Chinnor ran out comfortable winners against Bridgwater and Albion by 71-12, maintaining their unbeaten record for the season.
With just one change, Gray for the injured Prinsloo, Chinnor got off to a flying start with a try from Seymour in the fourth minute from a well worked lineout move involving a late run from Colver. Cathcart converted for a 7-0 lead. A few minutes later, again from a lineout, Waddingham took the ball up and slipped in Stoop who crashed over for the second try to increase the Chinnor lead to 12-0. On the 14th minute, a Bridgwater kick for touch was fielded by Colver who simply threaded his way through the centre of the field to calmly touch down between the posts for Chinnor's third try which, with Cathcart's conversion, increased the Chinnor lead to 19-0.
Chinnor scored their bonus point try in the 16th minute when a rapid passing movement saw Gray on the left wing skin his opponent to touch down in the corner. Cathcart's trusty boot increased the lead to 26-0. The increasingly influential Colver was again the supplier as Seymour scored his second try on the 18th minute. Cathcart did the honours to give Chinnor a 33-0 lead with only 19 minutes played. A few minutes later Chinnor began a backs move. The ball however, was passed behind the backs which allowed the alert Bridgwater fly half Ashley Pippard to grab the loose ball and score under the posts. He converted his own try to bring the match score to 33-7 in favour of the home side.
The next score came 10 minutes later when Sam Stoop took the ball on the opposition 22 and bashed his way through the defence to score under the posts. Cathcart improved the score to 40-7 in favour of Chinnor, which remained the score at half-time.
Shortly after the restart, Chinnor scrum-half Jones scooted round the blindside of the scrum to score in the corner to improve Chinnor's lead to 45-7. In the 47th minute, Chinnor again exploited the blindside of the scrum for a swift interchange of passes which allowed Goode to dot down for Chinnor's eighth try of the afternoon. Cathcart increased the Chinnor lead to 52-7. Bridgwater, despite the mounting score, kept battling and were rewarded with a well worked try which saw open side Jake Childs go over for their second try of the match to reduce the deficit to 52-12.
At this stage in the match, Chinnor's James Cathcart made way for debutant 18-year-old Will Millett. Shortly after, a thrilling surge down the field, involving many Chinnor players but lead by Seymour, saw Stoop go over for what everyone clearly saw as Chinnor's ninth and best try of the day. However referee Simon Walker inexplicably and incorrectly gave the ball as not properly grounded. The next 20 minutes passed somewhat aimlessly until Gilbert burst out of his own 22 and ran the length of the pitch to score a try. Colver’s attempted conversion sailed narrowly wide. A few minutes later, a punishing drive from the Chinnor forwards allowed Gilbert again to blast through the defence for Chinnor's 10th try, well converted by Colver to increase the home side's lead to 64-12.
In the closing seconds of the match, a long kick downfield from Bridgwater was fielded by Gray who, dazzlingly and delightfully, sidestepped his way through the visitor's whole defence to score Chinnor's final try of the afternoon, converted by Colver, to leave the final score 71-12 for Chinnor.
Bridgwater were seriously outgunned by a tougher and faster side but earned great respect by never giving up. Their second try was well constructed and perhaps gave a glimpse of what may be possible in future.
Chinnor held the upper hand in most aspects of the game and, in Henry Colver, had the best player. Colver's insertions into the line were perfectly timed and led to many of Chinnor's tries. He showed calmness under pressure, great positioning and has a big boot. Stoop was close behind showing some golden running and abrasive determination. Seymour threatened every time he had the ball. The Chinnor tight five were dominant in the set piece and the back row produced great defence and timely linking with the backs. It was reassuring to see the young Millett, at 18, being given his debut for the club at first team level.
It was interesting to note that no penalty kicks at goal were attempted by either side during the whole match.
Chinnor: Colver T; Stoop 2T; Seymour 2T; Gray 2T; Goode T; Jones T; Gilbert 2T; Cathcart 6C; Colver 2C
Bridgwater: Pippard t, C; Childs T
Colver, Seymour, Goode, Stoop, Gray, Cathcart (Millett 50), Jones, Winpenny, Tattersall, Pickett (Whelan 53), Mowbray (Harrison 50), Smith, Jackman, Waddingham, Gilbert
Replacements: Whelan, Harrison, Millett