Full Squad Performance Starts the Season with a big "W"
Chippenham U15's beat Keynsham U15s in their season opener
On a sunny late summer Sunday Chippenham kicked off their 2018/19 season with an away fixture at Keynsham. Starting brightly from the first whistle Chippenham showed that they keen blow away the cobwebs from their summer holidays and make an impact.
After initially putting pressure on themselves as well as Keynsham with a few hasty decisions. They stopped forcing the play so much, and the team began to look comfortable on the ball. None more so that Max Ashton who settle the team with an individual break up left gliding through two tackles to open the score.
It was Max again 5 minutes later who stripped the ball from the Keynsham centre in the Chippenham half and outpaced the cover to score his and Chippenham’s second. This time converted by Ed Thompsett.
Keynsham were not taking this lying down and their forwards focused on driving the ball close to the breakdown testing Chippenham’s defence and organisation. On the twenty-minute mark, they found a gap and then shifted the ball to the right wing who ran in to open their account.
Chippenham however bounced back, and it was Max Pierce this time who took a quick penalty to drive straight over to stretch Chippenham’s advantage. This was followed shortly after by Jon finding Monty who ran a great line to break the line and score Chippenham’s fourth.
With the first half coming to close, Chippenham continued to pile on the pressure with the move of the game. The ball flowed from left to right with all the players committing their opposition. Jamie drove up the right wing and then with quick support at the breakdown, Chippenham re-cycled the ball and fed it back inside. The ball reached Cormac who stepped inside the covering defence and scored under the posts. Ed added the extra two points to see the visitors go into half-time 29-5 ahead.
The second half started with a rejuvenated Keynsham who fought back with some concerted pressure. Despite committed defence the pressure finally told when they broke the line and scored under the posts, converting the try.
However, this seemed to shake Chippenham back into action, they quickly re-imposed themselves with break through the centre by Jon who outpaced the cover to score under the posts. Ed added the extra two points to take the score to 36-12.
Not long after Keynsham were again under pressure close to their line, Jon burgled the ball from the back of the ruck and drove over needing his full height to reach the line.
The play was opening up as the sides tired and Max Ashton broke right from a ruck, he outpaced both the wing and then the full-back to run his hat-trick under the post. And it was Max A who got on the end of another lovely move from a tap penalty. The ball went right through many hands to the wing where Max ran it in and Ed slotted another conversion.
To their credit Keynsham didn’t give up and they pulled one back with a try on the left after a penalty. They were then gifted another straight from the kick-off when Chippenham lined up right and kicked left straight in the grateful hands of the Keynsham winger. They converted this to take the score to 53-24.
Chippenham however were not finished and camped back in the Keynsham half. A drive for the line was held up but the ball was recycled and James Hulme was on hand to put Jon into a hole and he drove over for his hat-trick. Harry then put the seal on an excellent performance with solo effort driving straight up the middle, breaking tackles and then outpacing the cover to score under the posts to take the final score to 65-24 to the visitors.
As head coach Richard Hulme identified at the final whistle; the performance provided a good start to the season, all the squad had contributed to the win including the new players who had settled in well.
Next week sees the start of their Dorset and Wiltshire Cup campaign against Corsham.