Sat 17
1st XV
73
-
6
League
Birmingham Exiles
I Chaston (4), G Leech, J Mounter, M Harrison (2), J Brook, C Davies, J Banner
Tries
I Chaston (9)
Conversions
Five Ways remain top of the table in 4th bonus point win against Birmingham Exiles

Five Ways remain top of the table in 4th bonus point win against Birmingham Exiles

By Jess Banner
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Five Ways ran in 11 tries as they eased past 2nd placed Birmingham Exiles in top of the table clash at The Masshouse


Five Ways headed into this top of the table game with a good run of form under their belts. They knew, however, that they would have a game on their hands as Exiles had more than proven their ability in opening few games of the season.

Birmingham Exiles won the toss and got the game underway. From the kick off, the ball was caught by John Mounter who crashed his way through several players to make good ground. The ball then found its way to Jess Banner who broke through the Exiles defence before offloading to Ian Chaston to score under the posts. Chaston successfully converted to put Five Ways 7 points up after a matter of minutes.

The restart from Exiles found the ball straight into the hands of the Five Ways forwards who set up clean ball to work from. The ball was shipped out to Jess Banner in centre field who rounded the Exiles fullback and dived under the sticks. In a bizarre turn of events, as Banner was retreating for the conversion, the ref decided that the ball had not been grounded. The Exiles players bundled Banner to the floor in bid to regain possession. The ball was successfully secured by the Five Ways forwards though and eventually found its way to George Leech who smashed his way through for the second try of the game. Again, Ian Chaston slotted the kick.

A few mistakes from the restart meant that Exiles were rewarded with a penalty within kicking distance. They duly accepted and added 3 points to their account. Five Ways knew they had to bounce straight back to avoid Exiles getting back into the game.

Joe Brook made a great break from the resulting restart but a forward pass denied another try. A penalty was then awarded to Exiles who fumbled the ball and knocked it on, resulting in a Five Ways scrum. Another jinking run from Joe Brook unlocked the Exiles defence and a great offload to John Mounter saw the ball getting closer to the try line. Unfortunately, he was stopped in his tracks by a high tackle. The resulting penalty was kicked to touch and the lineout was won. Some slicks handling saw the ball shipped out wide to Ian Chaston who scored and converted his own try.

Following some good work from Exiles, another kickable penalty resulted. Again this was well slotted by the Exiles kicker, doubling their tally to 6 points..

From the restart, the ball landed with Ian Chaston. He chipped over the top and the chase from the Five Ways players was good. The ball was grounded by an Exiles hand, however, denying a further try. Unfortunately, this phase of play came with a serious knee injury for Exiles and the game was stopped. The teams were forced to move onto another pitch as an ambulance was required. We have since found out that the player suffered major ligament and cartilage damage. All at Five Ways wish him a speedy recovery.

When the game resumed, Five Ways capitalised on the 5 metre scrum when John Mounter showed a great step and go to cross the whitewash for a try. This was successfully converted by Chaston.

Jess Banner found a good touch from a penalty for hands in the ruck. Five Ways won the lineout and drove the ball over the try line with Martin Harrison grounding the ball. The first half whistle sounded as Chaston's conversion sailed just wide.

Five Ways got the second half under way and some great pressure from the defence saw the ball fall into the hands of Ian Chaston. A brilliant chip chase saw him collect the ball and cross the line for his hat-trick. Another successful conversion was also added to his tally.

Exiles heads started to drop as the game slipped away from them. Mistakes from them in their own half saw Joe Brook steal the ball and score a try, successfully converted by Chaston.

Exiles restarted and chased down the ball and shipped it out wide. The play broke down and the ball went to ground. Jess Banner swiftly picked pounced on the ball and sucked in the last defender before offloading to Martin Harrison who ran in from over half way to score his second try of the game. The ever reliable boot of Chaston kicked the extras.

Things got worse for Exiles as their restart did not go 10 metres. The resulting scrum in the middle of the pitch saw a great pick and go from Nell Davies, who cleared up so much scrappy ball at the base of the scrums all game long and ensured clean ball throughout. After gaining decent ground, he offloaded to George Leech who made an inspired run through the defence before popping the ball on to Ian Chaston for his 4th score of the game and added a conversion too.

After a few phases of play, Five Ways were awarded a penalty wish was kicked to touch deep into the Exiles half. The lineout was secured and rumbled to the Exiles line. Unfortunately, prop Jay Wilkes was held up. Exiles did manage to get the ball back from the scrum but a mistake on their own try line saw Craig Davies dive onto the ball to add another try. The conversion went slightly wide.

With 2 minutes left, the Exiles restart was well fielded by Five Ways who got the ball through numerous sets of hands and out wide. Ian Chaston ran deep into Exiles territory before drawing the last man and feeding Jess Banner who ran in to score under the posts. The conversion was successful and the final whistle blown with the final score 73-6.

Another fantastic win secured by Five Ways and another bonus point gained against Exiles who were hotly tipped as promotion contenders this season.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 17, Oct 2015

Kickoff

15:00

Meet time

13:30

Competition

Midlands 5 West (South)