U12 D&W Cup - Marlborough 10 - 25 Chippenham
Good game but no cigar
It was clear from the messages going around this morning that we'd be missing a few players due to winter bugs. But those thirteen brave souls who did turn up and endure a drenching on the common this morning didn't disappoint. Whilst no one was expecting champagne rugby in these conditions, Marlborough still threw the ball around as if they were playing end of season sevens. Highly entertaining for the throng of spectators from both sides.
Early on Marlborough dictated the play with some great back line play coming from good secure second phase ball. Marlborough looked dangerous with ball in hand and it took some good defence from the visitors to stop Marlborough. Possession and territory were definitely in our favour. Nonetheless, Chippenham's defence was well drilled and able to snuff out the narrow lines and individual efforts that Marlborough chose to employ. Marlborough couldn't convert this pressure and the first points of the day came Chippenham's way, against the run of play when they released a winger out wide to score a good try. Marlborough came back immediately from the whistle as they pushed the visitors to the line with powerful driving runs from Freddie and Jack. Jakey B securing our first points by sneaking over from the maul to put the score level. Sadly Harry got a knock late on in the first half and had to come off the field unable to play any further part in the game. Chippenham took advantage of this and exploited space out wide. 1-2 at half time.
The second half was tough for the hosts. Jakey B picked up an arm injury and JJ with a knock to the head. Freddie also spent time off the pitch recovering from a knock. For significant periods we were a man down without spare subs. This disruption didn't help our structure and the pressure from Chippenham began to reveal cracks in our defence. Players got sucked in to rucks leaving space on the flanks. We were turned over from failing to ground or release the ball in the maul. Loose passing began to appear. Chippenham found width again and quickly added two scores, stretching the game from Marlborough. Marlborough did find a second score from a Chippenham infringement (twice penalised by Mr. Nocton who did not tolerate the chat back), allowing Jakey B (arm recovered) to put Matthew in from five metres out. Chippenham scored the fifth try of the afternoon shortly afterwards which sealed the result. Regardless, Marlborough never once dropped their heads and the physicality was as intense in the last minute as it was in the first. An unfortunate result but a good game.
Jakey B, Matthew, MC, Ben, JJ, Max, Freddie, Ollie H, Jacob J, Charlie C, Charlie K, Jonnie, Harry
Referee (R. Nocton)