Chippenham dominate Bournemouth in the Dorset and Wilts cup.
Despite a long day at Twickenham yesterday, the chiefs showed little signs of fatigue as they scored 8 tries in a blistering performance.
On a lovely spring morning Chippenham welcomed their Dorset rivals, Bournemouth, to Allington Fields for the penultimate round of the Dorset and Wilts Cup. At the start of the day Bournemouth were top of the table, with the Chiefs in second but with a game in hand. The anticipation among the many fans was high for what promised to be an exhibition of flowing, running rugby between these two top of the table teams.
With the warm ups and pre-match formalities out of the way both teams took to the field with the expectant crowd cheering them on. The game started with a bang as Bournemouth failed to deal with the kick off allowing Hugo P to win the ball and create an excellent platform for Chippenham to attack. A couple of pick and goes by the Chiefs forwards attracted the Bournemouth defence creating gaps in the defensive line. Fin Fielder, Theo Malik and Harry Mcloughlin didn't require a second invitation and with a well worked dummy switch, pop, Harry found himself with space to run into, with the fullback covering across, Harry turned on the afterburners and left them standing as he scored the Chiefs first try. The next two tries followed in quick succession as the Chippenham forwards proved to much for the Bournemouth defence to cope with, runs from Shuker, Smith, Harding and Hugo P punched wholes in the Bournemouth defence and when the ball was popped to new boy Myles Reynolds he proved impossible to stop and used his sizable frame to crash over for his first and Chippenhams second. The third was much the same as the second with Reynolds again finding himself one on one with a defender and using his power and pace to bulldoze his way over for his second of the game. The rest of the half followed much the same pattern with Chippenham dominating possession and territory and racking up a further 4 tries. Will Causer used his pace and power to brush of defenders and scorch over on the wing, Harry Mcloughlin grabbed his second of the half following some fine hands from the backs, whilst Fielder grabbed a quick fire brace showing impressive power to fend off the Bournemouth defenders. Chippenham did concede 1 try in the half, which, due to the Cup rules meant that Chippenham could only score 1 more try before the game would be called (a 7 try difference and you call an end to the match). Despite being fully aware of this Chippenham set about the second half in much the same way as the first and the final try came soon after the restart with Tom Thornton hitting a fantastic line off Malik and with his dancing feet leaving Bournemouth defenders grasping at air Thornton blitzed his way over for a try that even his dad would have been proud of all those years ago.
Chippenham move top of the group and hope to clinch top sport when they travel to Swanage and Wareham in two weeks time.