Sat 19
1st XV
J Banner (2), J Mounter, C Davies, M Harrison, I Chaston (2), J Wilkes, G Davies, R Hadley, S Bosley, A Hayden
I Chaston (4)
Five Ways pick up bonus point in convincing win over Wellesbourne RFC

Five Ways pick up bonus point in convincing win over Wellesbourne RFC

By Jess Banner
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2nd bonus point win leaves Five Ways top of the league.

Five Ways travelled to Wellesbourne RFC on Saturday (19th), looking to carry their good form against Trinity Guild the previous week into this match. Even though Five Ways picked up a bonus point in their season opener last week, there were still things to work on mid-week in training and the team were keen to put this into action. Five Ways had great travelling support from fans and the Ladies team and wanted to put on a show for them. The sun was beaming over the Wellesbourne pitch meaning the conditions were ideal for an open running game which really suited the team.

The tone of the game was set from the start when, in the first phase of play, Five Ways spread the ball wide to debutant John Meredith who showed his pace down the wing. The opposition failed to tackle legally and shoulder barged the winger into touch. Meredith came away unscathed but the opposition full back was not so lucky, being left on the floor for a good few minutes. From the resulting penalty, the ball found its way out wide and, again, John Meredith made a great break for the line. The ball was clearly placed over the line but, unfortunately, the ref did not see this and denied Meredith a try on his debut. Minutes later, however, the deadlock was broken when the backs showed their slick hands. Jess Banner collected the ball out wide and cut inside the last man to open the scoring.

Five Ways were well structured in the set piece, using the lineouts and scrums to settle the game and regroup. FWOE used the mauls effectively to make decent ground and some brilliant lines from centre Jess Banner and Full Back Ian Chaston made sure the play was kept in the Wellesbourne half. Five Ways created overlaps time and time again and some great handling led to John Mounter showing great strength to power over for a try in the corner.

Wellesbourne tackled hard and competed well in the rucks, winning a couple of turnovers in the process. Five Ways kept a good defensive structure though and pushed up hard to take back control. Craig Davies showed his awareness with a quick tap penalty, allowing him to cross the line unopposed for a further Five Ways score.

The forwards worked hard at the breakdown to secure quick ball for the backs who showed their class by making ground every time they had possession. Captain Ian Chaston ran some great lines and added a try to his impressive points tally from last week and Jess Banner added a second when he finished off a lovely team move. Further tries followed for prop Jamie Wilkes who powered over from short range and winger Martin Harrison who finished well in the corner. The half came to an end with the score 41-0.

The second half saw the Five Ways men lose a bit of their structure and flair, possibly due to complacency, but this made no difference to the score line which continued to increase. Wellesbourne were keen on the chip and chase option and used this frequently when in possession. Head Coach, Steve Watkins had worked on this mid-week ensuring that the backs changed the point of attack on the return. They did exactly this and some good breaks were seen from the resulting counter attacks. Graham Davies topped off an impressive performance by adding a try for FWOE and Ian Chaston added a second to his account. Robin Hadley also grabbed a try with a bit of quick thinking from a penalty close to the Wellesbourne line.

Five Ways made some second half substitutions which saw a much needed injection of energy from players like Matt Hurst, Alex Nock and Tom Densham as the mid-September sun was taking its toll. The opposition were clearly tiring and Five Ways continued to exploit their lack of structure. This was clear when a long kick down field was well chased by Ben Ernstzen and led to Sam Bosley crossing the line. Hooker Ash Hayden finished off the try scoring for FWOE, making up for a missed opportunity earlier in the game. The match finished 68-0 earning Five Ways another bonus point win and leaving them top of the league table.

Thanks for Zubie Chaston and the Ladies Team for this week’s match report.

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Match date

Sat 19, Sep 2015



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Meet at Five Ways at 12:30pm or at Wellesbourne RFC for 13:45. Please advise management if going direct. Polo shirts for before and after game.


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