There are three teams in this league a class apart from the rest and Chinnor are one of them. Therefore this was always going to be a day when Newbury would simply have to take their medicine and move on. But seven changes from last week, a combination of injury, work and holiday commitments, did not help.
Although Chinnor clearly showed their class from the start, had Rob DRYSDALE
been able to grab a Dan THORNE
clearance kick, or had Dominic PAYNE
’s neat touchline break and chip ended with a little more luck, Newbury might even have taken the lead.
As it was Chinnor’s speedy wingers then bagged a try each before Sean Chamunorwa was unlucky not to be able to collect another Dan THORNE
clearance kick. On 24 minutes, with Chinnor leading 12-0, Dominic PAYNE
departed with a concussion and an unsettled Newbury immediately conceded a third try.
Newbury hit back three minutes later as Dan THORNE
intercepted a Chinnor pass and fed the supporting Josh LOVE
to score under the posts. Minutes later Matt MAHER
picked the ball up at the back of the scrum, skipped past a couple of players and fed Eddie CLEAL
who set Matt SPENCER
in motion to score a second try. With the first one converted, it was suddenly 17-12.
Next Dan THORNE
, perhaps thinking that Newbury could score a breakout try every time, opted to punt from defence into open territory, and the Chinnor full-back duly collected the ball and ran through several tacklers to score. Chinnor recorded one further try on the stroke of half-time, and 29-12 was probably a fair reflection.
The second half was dreadful for a number of reasons and merits little comment. Chinnor pushed on to score 9 further tries and bring the final score to 92-12. Admittedly the Chinnor team looked good. Admittedly some of the Newbury tackling was poor. But I have never seen a tight-head prop boring in so consistently at the scrums without getting penalised even once. Two Newbury hookers coming off the field with neck injuries should surely have rung some alarm bells? The referee was being assessed today and hopefully the assessor will have picked up on this, not to mention explaining the rules about crossing, knock-ons and allowing the man gathering the ball to get to his feet. Something like 60-12 would have been a much fairer reflection on Newbury’s efforts.
So we get Old Patesians at home in two weeks (still winnable despite today’s ugly scoreline) and a final match away to Weston Super Mare. Man of the Match today? Josh LOVE
for his debut try.
Newbury: Sanders, Drysdale(Futcher 59), Millar; Erskine, Stronge; Love, Maher, Cleal; Payne(D.Jones 24), D.Thorne; M.Spencer, Bartlett(Denner 52), Martin, Chamunorwa; W.Spencer