A tough and physical encounter against local rivals.
A draw was a fair reflection between the two local rivals as a physical encounter ended all square.
A hastily arranged triangular fixture against local rivals Calne and Melksham meant a short trip down the A4 for the Chiefs and a visit to the Calne Rec. On a day that was perfect for running rugby, Chippenham started the game brightly. Early pressure from the chiefs kept Calne pinned in their own half and with a pick and go from the base of the ruck Oscar Milsom found himself over the line but strong Calne defence kept him up. From the resulting Scrum, Alfie Goswell won a great hook, which allowed Milsom to feed Callum Angell to Crash over. From the restart, Chippenham failed to clear the ball and were tackled into touch close to their own line. From the free pass Calne crashed over from close range. This Setback sparked the Chiefs back into life and they applied the pressure back on Calne and from a well driven maul, Chippenham nearly scored but were denied by some strong work in the tight from Calne. With scrum put in to Calne, Goswell did well to win the scrum against the head, Milsom fed Angell who in return found Theo Sobers. Sobers set off on a weaving run, leaving Calne defenders in his wake as he blitzed over to score. 10 - 5 at half time.
The second half was much more physical, with Calne upping their work rate and making some really big tackles. Despite some strong running from Bill Bennett and Toby Kemp, Chippenham could not find a way through the more determined defence. Calne then turned on the style and from a scrum the centre hit a switch line which left the Chippenham defence bemused and he blasted his way over in the corner to bring the scores level. The rest of the half was spent in the Calne half, with Chippenham battering away but just losing the ball at crucial times. Calne's defence stood firm and the match finished 10 - 10.