D&W Cup Chippenham 41 - Bradford on Avon 19
Pride and Honour from Both Sides on Remembrance Sunday
On a beautiful autumn morning Chippenham hosted their local rivals Bradford on Avon for the latest instalment of the Dorset and Wilts Cup – Round Robin phase.
After remembering and honouring those that had fallen to maintain our freedom with the 11o’clock silence the boys on both sides showed what it meant to them with sparkling game of intense rugby in near perfect conditions.
Playing with the wind it was Chippenham who opened the scoring after taking the initiative from the kick-off. Pressure in the Bradford 22 told, and some great tackling turned over a Bradford ball. This was fed out to right and Max A found his way to score in the corner.
Bradford responded and the game for the next few minutes flowed one way and then the other with each side seeking to get the upper hand. Then with an error off a Chippenham scrum Bradford seize the opportunity to drive through and score a try which was converted to take them into the lead.
Chippenham then turned up the intensity and put the Bradford line under pressure for a series of phases. Bradford conceded a number of penalties in defending and it was from one of these the ball went right and Cormac broke the defensive line to score.
Quickly after this Max A saw a gap and kicked a diagonal ball into the Bradford deadball area. Chasing his own kick he won the foot race to touch down and stretch Chippenham’s lead. It was the last score of the half, the sides went into half-time with the score Chippenham 15 Bradford 7 and still all to play for.
Turning around and now with the wind Bradford were emboldened as the second half started and they pressured Chippenham knowing the importance of who scored next. But the Chippenham defence was resolute, and they quickly adapted to the change of conditions, picking and driving through the middle. Ben got on the end of a pass from one of these drives and powered up the middle, stepping and breaking tackles to touchdown under the posts. A try that Ed converted.
Bradford responded driving through themselves for another try not long after to close the gap to 22-12 to Chippenham.
Then followed two tries which sealed the game for Chippenham, the first came from quick ball from the Chippenham forwards. The backs alignment stretched the Bradford defence and Max A saw the gap and stepped inside his man before outpacing the cover to score under the posts. The try was converted by Ed again.
The second saw Jon pick the ball up at the back of the scrum and take it forward down the blindside. He committed the winger and the passed to Max A who outpaced the cover this time down the right wing to score. This opened a 34-12 lead for Chippenham.
Chippenham’s final try came again from Max A as he feigned to release the backs and then accelerated through the gap that opened to score under the post, Ed converting for Chippenham’s final points of the day.
With final whistle in sight Bradford charged down a Chippenham clearance kick and ran in for a consolation try underlining what was evident to all, that they had kept their intensity to the end. The score was Chippenham 41, Bradford 19 as the game ended.
It was strong performance across the park by whole Chippenham team who presented threats everywhere and defended with intensity. It was this that created the space that was so successfully exploited by Max A and the other backs. It was a fitting display for such a day of remembrance.
Chippenham can now look forward to the knock-out stages of this competition early in the New Year.