Early season win against Broad Plain RFC secures progression in combination cup for CRFC U14s
A Bristol Combination Cup invitation brought the Chippenham boys to South Bristol for the first time to take on Broad Plain RFC.
From the start CRFC held most of the possession with a strong opening spell of tackling and rucking, playing mainly at the Broad Plain which set the tone for most of the half.
First blood went to the visitors as Will Porter intercepted a loose pass 10m inside our own half and ran in past the split defence to score in the first 2 minutes and Ed T converted well in front of the posts. Continued forwards pressure and some slick movement of the ball among the backs then saw Flynn crash over from short range for try number two out wide on the right and Ed narrowly missed a long distance angled conversion. With most of the half being played in the home team’s territory some great ball handling and running from Alex released Jonathan to break through and run in a 30m try with another Ed conversion to keep the score board ticking over. Finally in the last minute after a rare foray into the Chippenham half Broad Plain converted a good spell of pressure from their forwards to touch down but missed the conversion to leave the score at 19:5 to Chippenham.
With two players replaced through injury in the first half the remainder of the Chippenham bench then came on at half time and the team restarted well with the backs being used to good effect in stretching Broad Plain’s defence from the off. Danny picked up the ball on the wing 30m out and showed a clean pair of heels to the defence to run in under the posts, followed by a James H conversion. Continued Chippenham pressure was then rewarded by Jonathan bursting through with a loose ball on the right against a tiring Broad Plain defence to cut back in giving James H another straight forward conversion. Chippenham forwards and backs interplayed well soaking up pressure and using the pitch width to continue to harry the opposition with Natty picking up a superbly placed kick from Sam to run through on the right once again cutting in to give James H his third successful conversion.
With five minutes to go Broad Plain were rewarded for efforts of their forwards with their second try but were not able to get the extra two points. Chippenham then ended the match in a most emphatic way as Natty picked up a high ball kicked into our half to run straight, hard and with real purpose to get his second and Chippenham’s 7th try on the right hand side . A very difficult angled conversion was then narrowly missed to leave the final score at Chippenham 45 Broad Plain 10.
Man of the Match was awarded to Max Ashton in his debut for the club and tackle of the match was given to Huw – overall a great team performance in its first 15 a side match, with 7 players putting points on the board and the whole squad contributing to what was a clear and well earned win.
Match Reporter: Chris Meier
Match Photographer: Matt Viner