Chippenham start 2019 with a bang
After the disappointing defeat at the the end of 2018, the chiefs put all the frustration to bed with an excellent performance.
The chiefs returned from the Christmas break to entertain the visitors from Cleve, who have always been a good challenge for the Chippenham team. After blowing out some cobwebs, both for the players and the coaches, on Friday during training, the Chiefs were determined to put the disappointment of the stow game behind them.
With coach Jason at the helm the young Chiefs were put through a vigorous warm up and were chomping on the bit by the time the slightly chubbier referee blew his whistle to get the game underway. Chippenham set out with a clear point to prove and wanted to show that the previous performance was not good enough. Straight from the start the chiefs were on it, ball in hand, the entire team were causing problems, lines of running and runs from depth were on show all over the field. Cleve defenders were left grasping at thin air as wave after wave of Chippenham attackers poured through their line. When the visitors did get possession the Chippenham tackles were ferocious and stopped any attacking momentum from Cleve.
With lots of tries scored, it would have taken a long time for your friendly match reporter to describe each try in detail, and despite speculation to the contrary he does have a semblance of life outside of rugby. However there were three standout highlights that deserve a mention: Firstly; Theo M's first try, following a good scrum and a clean hook to the number 8's feet, Will D was able to give quick ball to Fin F at 10. Drifting across the pitch Fin opened up the gap back on the inside and Theo M hit a sublime switch line to storm through untouched. Second highlight is for a young lad who has had a hard time with injury recently but following a week of high altitude training Fabian H looked sharp throughout and got a well deserved try, capitalising on some sustained Chippenham pressure in the forwards before the ball was shipped down the line for Fabian to dot down. Finally to another chief who has had his fair share of injuries and was playing his first game back since breaking his collar bone. Warwick B found some space around the fringe of a ruck around the half way line, burst through the tackle and found him self clear in the open. Rampaging on, reminding those watching of a young Phil Vickery, the Chiefs tighthead drew the last defender before a superb offload to the on rushing Myles R set up a try. Well done to all the Chiefs for a fantastic start to 2019.
Hugo P x3
Callum A x2
Fin F x2
Will C x2 (good to see him back on try scoring form)
Theo M x2