15 players arrived, fought hard and were all able to walk away to fight another day despite loosing
16/10/11 - U16s friendly Away to Teddington
From previous weeks with a cast of thousands available for selection this week saw the U16s just able to muster a team of 15 players. Despite this we went to Teddington intending to make a game of it against a team we have never played before. .
Chipstead started the game and tried to put Teddington under pressure with some good chasing down of the ball but Teddington were able to keep possession and exploited gaps in the Chipstead defence to run in early tries. It wasn’t until the second of Teddington’s tries early on that Chipstead woke up and started to play together but by then Teddington's confidence was high. Chipstead forwards set out there stall in the scrums and able to hold their own and win good ball but despite determined running from the backs who were able to break some Teddington tackles we were unable to make best use of the ball and hence no points created. Teddington continued to exploit their overlap in the backs and missed tackles allowed them to run in more tries. Half time found Chipstead loosing 22 – 0. The score line could have been more but for some valiant tackling again by Asher Stephen who continued to clear up loose ball and be our last line of defence throughout the entire game.
After a team talk a refreshed Chipstead side commenced the second half still determined to take the game to Teddington at every opportunity. The Chipstead forwards did well in the scrums and competed in lineouts to win ball but we were unable to utilise it fully. Chipstead utilised penalty kicks for distance again to relieve the pressure but were soon under pressure again from Teddington when some kicks didn’t make touch. Our persistence paid off mid way through the second half when Chipstead were able to recycle loose ball to see Archie Mackay break through the Teddington defensive line to go forward only to be caught by a desperate cover tackle from Teddington, fortunately he was able to off load to Will Barnes, playing out of his regular position in the backs, who collected the ball to cross over the Teddington try line to put our first points on the board. The game continued to go back and forth from both ends but some how neither team were able to break free to try until Teddington scored their first try of the second half. Despite further hard fought rugby in the second half no more score resulting in an overall loss - Teddinton 27- Chipstead 5.
Far from our best performance but despite the final score many positives to be taken , especially in the forwards, particularly the front row Dillon Clarke, Josh Morris and James Jacklin-Timms, who performed well in the scrum. Our forwards continue to also equal any lineout challenges. Some good pressure applied around the scrum by Tom Downes and again a great work rate from the back rows, especially Lewis Hayley who fought for loose ball at every ruck. Negatives included lack of cohesion in the back that resulted in gaps being left to be exploited.
Fortunately overall 15 players arrived, fought hard and were all able to walk away to fight another day.
Dillon Clarke, Josh Morris, James Jacklin-Timms, Jordan Mack, Luke Truelove, Archie Mackay, Callum Murray, Lewes Hayley, Tom Downes, Tom Clark, Dominic Barber, Will Barnes, Matt Wood-Thatcher, Joe Sangar, Asher Stephens.
Well done for today’s effort by everyone despite the score – we know which areas to concentrate on!
Pete B, Pete M & Nigel