Sat 05
Birmingham Exiles
1st XV
J Mounter, A Ruddock, J Brook, I Chaston (2)
I Chaston (4)
Five Ways bounce back to winning ways against Exiles

Five Ways bounce back to winning ways against Exiles

By Jess Banner
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Five Ways win in the wind to bounce back from a defeat in their previous game

Five ways got back to winning ways on Saturday 5th in difficult conditions at Birmingham Exiles, in a game which was as much about the result as it was about the performance. This fixture promised to be a much tighter affair than the 73-6 game at the Masshouse earlier in the season and so it proved. Although they lost the toss and had to play into the treacherous wind in the first half, Five Ways started brightly and some good work from the forwards saw the ball spread out to John Mounter who broke through the Exiles defence to score early on. A difficult kick was narrowly missed before the game settled into a rhythm. This saw the forwards dominate the early exchanges but Five Ways struggled to use the ball effectively. Defensively, Five Ways looked strong and this gave the team a platform to get a second try which was finished by Aidan Ruddock who crashed through the Exiles defence to score. The extra points were added by Ian Chaston. Five Ways tried to play their expansive game and use the width of the pitch but in the difficult conditions this proved tricky and Exiles managed to capitalise on a Five Ways handling error to score and convert, leaving the game finely poised 7-12 at half time.

The relief of playing with the wind was short lived as early Exiles pressure resulted in their danger man on the Left Wing breaking through the Five ways defence to score. The conversion meant Five Ways found themselves in the unusual position of trailing 14-12. The team responded well and started to find some of the form which had been missing earlier in the match with some good interplay finding Joe Brook. With space to run at the Exiles defence, he made a great break before finishing well in the corner. The conversion from Ian Chaston left Five Ways with a slender 14-19 advantage. A penalty in the centre of the pitch presented Five Ways with the opportunity to put some breathing space between themselves and the Exiles, but again the unpredictable conditions hampered the kick which drifted marginally wide. A neat try and conversion from Ian Chaston extended the Five Ways lead and gave the scoreline a more flattering look, 14-26. Tireless work from the forwards ensured that the result didn't look in doubt from that point onwards and despite indiscipline from one of the Five Ways wingers which resulted in a Red-Card, it was no surprise when Five Ways pressure saw a fumble in the Exiles five metres which Ian Chaston capitalised upon to score in the corner. The final result 14-31 and a deserved win for Five Ways who consolidate their position at the summit of the table.

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Match date

Sat 05, Dec 2015



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Midlands 5 West (South)