Chippenham win friendly at Cleve 33-12
By James Power
Chippenham win with an impressive performance, despite trying conditions
This was a friendly match against familiar opposition in wet and windy conditions at Cleve RFC.
All of the scoring was in the first half, with Chippenham scoring first, staying ahead in a finely-balanced first period, before pulling away to a hard-fought, but deserved 12-33 lead at half time. The whole team worked hard and executed well in all areas of the game. Cleve were good and always looked dangerous - it was just that the Chippenham lads were a bit quicker at the breakdown and on the run, a bit more creative, handled the slippery ball more securely, and made their tackles count a bit more consistently.
The second half was scoreless: in part down to some magnificent defending by Chippenham, and in part down to some other factors, which the boys coped with stoically.
So it finished 12-33 - a good test for the team - and some memorable moments.