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1st XV - Match centre

Chipstead
Law Society
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Tries
R Armstrong, J Emmett, L Dall'Occo, D Ovens
Conversions
T Jones (2)
Penalties
T Jones
Sat 23 Mar TBC - London & SE Division - Surrey 1 Full time

A very close win against our trivals

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Tries: Armstrong, Emmett, Dall'Occo, Ovens Cons: Jones (2) Pen: Jones

The Law men traveled by coach into Mordor (as one does not simply walk) and were filled with eager anticipation to take on the old foe.

A fantastic start from the Law saw the mighty men smashing through tackles and playing with ambition and intent in the opening phases. Chipstead were forced on to the back foot frequently in the opening quarter however managed to halt the Law game plan with some aggressive breakdown work at crucial points but this would only delay the first score which would eventually come through Rick Armstrong, who was popped the ball by Tom Maclean at close range. The conversion was knocked over by Tom Jones and the Law were on their way after a dominant start. The visiting Law men did not let up after some more penetrative runs put the law within striking distance again this time Maclean assisting Josh Emmett from a tap penalty, big bird barging over to draw level again with Armstrong in the overall try scoring stakes for the season (both big men in third place with 6 tries apiece). The score was unconverted, this was followed by a real fightback by Chipstead.

The home side gained territory followed by points due to the Law's indiscipline, first a kicked penalty and then eventually a converted score close before halftime. Going into the break only leading by 2 points was a real wake up call for the Lawmen who had been dominant in attack but when starved of possession struggled to maintain the same levels of discipline and accuracy. Unfortunately the second half began in similar fashion with a botched clearance leaving the Law needing to put in an arduous defensive shift, and whilst they held the home side out for some time, eventually the ball was spread wide and a Chipstead centre went through a gap to score. The kick was missed meaning the home side led by two. They held onto this lead for while spoiling any Law attacks as the away side continued to make errors. Eventually a kickable penalty was awarded and Jones stepped up to draw the sides level. Tensions were running high with both teams trying to seize the initiative tempers boiled over and after the second episode of handbags in the match James Thomas and a Chipstead forwards were both awarded yellow cards, Thomas's second against the same opposition this season. The Law were desperate to regain the lead but this desperation proved to cost them as several attacks were thwarted by under-resourced rucks or lapses in concentration when close to making a breakthrough, it seemed as if the deadlock might not be broken until a moment of magic late in the half occurred.

The ball had been turned over by the Law close to their own 22 and sensing a mismatch of numbers was shifted wide early to centre Alex Tindall who demonstrated some of his recent sparkling form as he backed his pace and went round his opposite man, as he approached the half way line, one on one with the full back he delivered a well timed pass to the rapid Louis Dall'Occo. Dall'occo who was able to break away from any cover tackles and pace towards the line and under the posts for a converted score, giving the Law the decisive lead with less than ten minutes remaining. Minutes later a long fly hack up field gave the Law good territory and an attacking lineout. The driving maul had misfired on occasions throughout the game due to silly errors, but the lineout itself was an area of real strength with Dom Horne throwing close 100% on the day after coming into the side. Another crisp throw and take in the lineout was driven close to the line, after a few breakdown phases Maclean went on a perfect little lateral run from the base of a ruck seemingly taking out all the Chipstead defenders and giving the final pass to Duncan Ovens who dove over the line for the bonus point score in the 79th minute.

The Law men were jubilant in the their celebrations and can be proud of their efforts to wrestle back a game with some inspiring expansive play right up to the end of the match. With two games to go the Law find themselves in 5th place and will be pushing to go even higher in the league and also to avoid any threat of relegation.

Key moments

10:00
Try Rick Armstrong scores for Law Society
10:00
Conversion Tom Jones kicks a conversion for Law Society
15:00
Try Josh Emmett scores for Law Society
25:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Chipstead
37:00
Try Try for Chipstead
37:00
Conversion Conversion for Chipstead
50:00
Try Try for Chipstead
58:00
Penalty Tom Jones kicks a penalty for Law Society
72:00
Try Louis Dall'Occo scores for Law Society
72:00
Conversion Tom Jones kicks a conversion for Law Society
79:00
Try Duncan Ovens scores for Law Society

Highlights

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79:00 Try Assist
Tom Maclean makes an assist for Law Society
79:00 Try 15 - 27
Duncan Ovens scores for Law Society
79:00 Missed Conversion
Tom Jones misses a conversion for Law Society
72:00 Try Assist
Alex Tindall makes an assist for Law Society
72:00 Try 15 - 20
Louis Dall'Occo scores for Law Society
72:00 Conversion 15 - 22
Tom Jones kicks a conversion for Law Society
60:00 Sub On
Ben White is substituted on for Law Society
60:00 Sub On
Andy Ball is substituted on for Law Society
58:00 Penalty 15 - 15
Tom Jones kicks a penalty for Law Society
55:00 Yellow Card
James Thomas is yellow carded for Law Society
50:00 Try 15 - 12
Try for Chipstead
End of period 1
37:00 Conversion 5 - 12
Conversion for Chipstead
37:00 Try 10 - 12
Try for Chipstead
25:00 Penalty 3 - 12
Penalty kicked for Chipstead
20:00 Missed Penalty
Tom Jones misses a penalty for Law Society
15:00 Try Assist
Tom Maclean makes an assist for Law Society
15:00 Try 0 - 12
Josh Emmett scores for Law Society
15:00 Missed Conversion
Tom Jones misses a conversion for Law Society
10:00 Try Assist
Tom Maclean makes an assist for Law Society
10:00 Try 0 - 5
Rick Armstrong scores for Law Society
10:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Tom Jones kicks a conversion for Law Society
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As it happened

  • Chipstead
  • Law Society
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  • Tom Maclean Try Assist 10:00'
  • Rick Armstrong Try 10:00'
  • Tom Jones Conversion 10:00'
  • Tom Maclean Try Assist 15:00'
  • Josh Emmett Try 15:00'
  • Penalty 25:00'
  • Try 37:00'
  • Conversion 37:00'
  • Try 50:00'
  • James Thomas Yellow Card 55:00'
  • Tom Jones Penalty 58:00'
  • Ben White Sub On 60:00'
  • Andy Ball Sub On 60:00'
  • Alex Tindall Try Assist 72:00'
  • Louis Dall'Occo Try 72:00'
  • Tom Jones Conversion 72:00'
  • Tom Maclean Try Assist 79:00'
  • Duncan Ovens Try 79:00'

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Team selection

Jones, Tom Jones, Tom
Dall'Occo, Louis Dall'Occo, Louis
Tindall, Alex Tindall, Alex
Brewer, Sam Brewer, Sam
Ovens, Duncan Ovens, Duncan
Davis, Mackenzie Davis, Mackenzie
Maclean, Tom Maclean, Tom
Pearce, Iain Pearce, Iain
Richards, Jamie Richards, Jamie
Thomas, James Thomas, James
Emmett, Josh Emmett, Josh
Doran, James Doran, James
Brewer, Tom Brewer, Tom
Horne, Dom Horne, Dom
Armstrong, Rick Armstrong, Rick

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Reeds Weybridge 18 87
2. Weybridge Vandals 18 57
3. Old Walcountians 18 54
4. Law Society 18 49
5. Old Haileyburians 18 46
6. Chipstead 18 45
7. Old Mid-Whitgiftian 18 40

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