Sat 11
1st XV
s smith (5), R Townsend, O Locke, R Goatley (2), M Smith
H Preece (5), B Slatter, O Locke
Cents just about keep winng run intact

Cents just about keep winng run intact

By Stan Fritchley
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Cents made to fight for latest victory.

Old Cents maintained their winning streak but were made to work hard for it against a hard working Chard side.Chard sit at the bottom of the league table but on todays showing it is hard to see why they have not go any more points for their efforts throughout the season.Chard have a very good pack,one of the best Cents have seen all season but they appeared weaker in the backs.This was a classic backs against forwards match were Chard had the upper hand in forwards and Cents were better with the ball in hand making little contact in the tight.

At half time Cents were looking fragile at 21-36 down against Chard and this was down to Chards excellent forwards dominating the half and putting the home side under enormous pressure.Chard had sored six tries in that period,three of which were converted and they had scored them all virtually from driving mauls close to the home sides goal line from lineout catch and drives.Cents in turn had scored three tries of their own by good inter play between their forwards and backs.Cents had scored their tries through Sam Smith(2) and Ryan Townsend with Harry Preece converting all three.

The first half showed Cents had to change their game plan and keep the ball away from Chards rampant forwards and this they did with devastating effect in the second half.Cents did not take the ball into close contact during the second half and kept the ball alive with Chard now chasing shadows.This tactic showed perhaps why Chard are being relegated as their backs could not cope with the speed and power of the home sides three's.

Cents scored seven tries in the second half all scored from various parts of the field with one or two scored from deep within their own 22'.Cents try scorers were Sam Smith(3),Sam Goatley(2),Matt Smith and Ollie Locke with Harry Preece converting two,Ollie Locke one and Ben Slatter one conversion.Chard also scored a further try through another forward rumble when they were close to the Cents line on a rare second half visit to the home sides 22'.

Final score in a hugely entertaining match 64-41 to the home side and Cents therefore wrapped up their home season with only the one loss all season and that was against champions Redingensians. Cents now turn their attention to Matson in the cup on Tuesday and the final league fixture against Bracknell away on Saturday

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Match date

Sat 11, Apr 2015



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National League 3 South West