Three thirds make a whole.
Fantastic performance from both teams provide a spectacle of rugby for the faithful fans.
On a damp a dreary morning at Allington Fields, Chippenham under 13’s welcomed their visitors from Cirencester for a first fixture between the two teams. With both teams having a big playing squad it was decided that the match would be split into three thirds, providing all players with plenty of game time.
The Chiefs started the game with the wind and slip in their favour and used the conditions to the full, setting up camp in the visitors half and applying pressure whenever Cirencester had possession. Chippenhans tackling was impressive, showing good technique and power to keep the visitors pinned back. With ball in hand the Chiefs looked dangerous scoring 6 tries in the first period of the match. The scores were split between the forwards, with their power game, and the backs who were showing good handling in difficult conditions. As I was busy in the middle keeping the game flowing it has been difficult to remember the exact order of the tries but Ben C definitely grabbed one in the first period as did Myles R.
Using their entire squad, the Chiefs coaches made a whole host of changes and playing against the elements, this managed to destabilise the Chiefs defence which a confident Cirencester team managed to exploit, scoring 3 unanswered tries in the middle third.
A calm huddle and few pointed words and the Chiefs were fired up for the final period. Again though Chippenham were playing against the elements, allowing the visitors to have the slope and the wind. The Chiefs did concede early and were under a great deal of pressure early in the period, but some fantastic defence from the Chiefs forced the visitors back from the try line to the halfway, every player was winning the tackle and forcing the ball carrier back. A period of play to make any defence coach proud. Failing to score, the Cirencester heads appeared to drop and Chippenham ran in 4 further tries to see out the game.
Try scorers for the Chiefs
Pete C x2