U13 -Bath RFC v Chippenham RFC & Telford Hornets v Chippenham RFC
15th April 2012 at Bath RFC
Report by Howard Allbrook
Chippenham U13’s battle hard against tough opposition losing out to Bath 17-7 and Telford 38-5.
Chippenham took the short trip up to Bath to join a 3 way mini tournament with touring side Telford Hornets. As the season draws to a close and with nearly a full compliment to pick from the coaches took the opportunity to give everyone a run out.
First up was Bath, it has been well over a year since the two teams last played each other and with honours even in that encounter this game would be a good insight in to the team’s development.
Bath kicked off and despite surrendering early possession with the ball finding touch followed by a penalty for offside the home side made short work of finding the try line to take the score to 5-0 within 5 minutes. Chippenham dug in deep spending most of the half in their own territory. George Dickinson put in another heroic performance in the scrum stealing Bath ball and stifling the home side’s repeated attacks. Chippenham continued to disrupt play forcing errors and penalties but were unable to take advantage to find a way through. As the break approached a rare foray towards the Bath try line looked promising and a penalty on the Bath 22 gave a golden opportunity to level. The ball quickly found Mat Dunn but despite a valiant run the winger was held short to close 5-0 at half time.
Bath started the second half in determined mood exerting pressure to secure two quick tries and taking the score to 17-0 with 10 minutes remaining. The boys kept their heads though and took play into Bath territory for the rest of the game. Probing runs eventually paid dividends with Dan Carter scoring from another penalty on the Bath 22 and then stepping up to add the extras with an awesome kick against a strong head wind. With the clock running down the game finished with a deserved 17-7 win to Bath.
Game 2 and Chippenham faced up to a formidable looking Telford Hornets. Chippenham undaunted started well John Lenton-Jinks and James Johnson combining well to take the ball deep into the opponents half but a turnover soon had the boys back tracking and it took a superbly timed tap tackle by Sam Ryan to prevent a break out try. Chippenham recovered possession from a Telford infringement and went back on the attack. Jamie Adair made some hard yards to set up a scrum on the 22 and keeping the pressure on. David Comport and Sean Johnson worked together to set Sam Ryan off with Telford forced to concede a penalty within sight of the line. John Lenton-Jinks took his opportunity and opened the scoring 0-5.
With minutes remaining Telford went on the offensive catching Chippenham in a daze to score 2 breakout tries in quick succession and for all their endeavour the boys went into the break 12-5 down.
Telford took full advantage of their powerful players throwing everything at Chippenham at the start of the second half and had soon added a further 2 converted tries, 26-5. The boys persevered but couldn’t find any rhythm and struggled to secure prolonged possession. Telford kept plugging away and popped in another 2 tries to close the game 38-5.
Two tough games against strong opposition however full credit to the boys for keeping their fabulous team spirit and composure throughout.
Bath went on to beat Telford for the honours.
Match Day Squad
Forwards: Jamie Adair, Luke Anderson, Alex Atack, Matt Baker, Oliver Church, George Dickinson, Harrison Deards, Henry Gaunt, Jake Lawes, Richard Meiklereid, Dylan Russell, Brad Toseland.
Backs: Dan Carter, David Comport, Mathew Dunn, Sam Fieldhouse, James Johnson, Sean Johnson, John Lenton-Jinks, Sam Ryan, Tom Tennant, Rob Waddington, Dan Wilshire, Oliver Wood.
Bath RFC: 17
Tries: 3 (3, 19, 21)
Conversions: 1 (22)
Drop Goals: 0
Chippenham RFC: 7
Tries: D Carter (27)
Conversions: D Carter (28)
Drop Goals: 0
Telford Hornets: 38
Tries: 6 (13, 15, 16, 20, 28, 29)
Conversions: 4 (14, 17, 21, 30)
Drop Goals: 0
Chippenham RFC: 5
Tries: J Lenton-Jinks (11)
Drop Goals: 0