Academy win again!
OBB DIV 1 - Marlow 58-7 Chinnor.
Into the New Year and only our second league one match of the campaign. We had also not played since early Dec so the boys were itching for this match against last year's league winners - Chinnor.
And so it showed - from our first kick off we won the ball back and after a number of phases, Jamie Maddern took advantage of their rushed but dog-legged defence to dance through, and extras added 7-0 after just a few minutes. Great start.
Much of their play came through their hard carrying 8, and we kicked to their solid looking back 3. With territory deep in our 22, Chinnor pulled one back, after concerted pressure on our line and dabbing down from close range. 7-7 and game (seemingly) on.
But we stuck to our game plan and going through the phases, Jamie released Ollie down the left side to score another nicely constructed try. Extras added again out wide, 14-7. Jamie added another long range pen to keep the scoreboard ticking over 17-7.
Our next score was from some great interplay down the right, with Harvey passing 'out the back door' to Max, but continuing to support well to get the return ball and race and stretch to score. 22-7 into half time.
From the restart, we again appeared the more hungry and intent to go wide, and with a simple series of '2 passes' moved the point of impact and making good ground, retained the ball and went through our phases. James Forsyth scored our next 2; the first after solid try line defence from Chin, thwarted 3-4 charges, before he burrowed from inches. The second came after charges from Chris Dawkins and Harvey, before James was released running left, and with ball in 2 hands the defence stood off him and he strolled in. Extras added both times, 36-7 and cruising.
Chinnor were then reduced to 14 when their lumpy 8 flew in for a 'no arms' shoulder charge on jack Barnes. Try BP already secured, we maturely slotted the easy pen, and strangled the game. 39-7.
Almost from the kick off again, James Forsyth again broke in midfield, and with the defence fanning out, Travis picked up close in, almost got free but managed to offload to the supporting Freddie Lewis to score. Extras added again. 46-7.
Other notable moments include subbed on full back Stan Gibson, one a hugely brave attempt at full pace to meet a chipped ball when a brick walled beckoned; the second a high leap to compete to catch a high ball.
Just 2 more tries to report (!) and mostly for the benefit of their watching parents. A Harvey break down the left, where only a desperate tap tackle halted him, Travis Pretlove hit a nice line off the resultant ruck to crash over. 51-7.
The final score went to Matt Worman, who himself had been involved in the built up. When all were lined up right, Matt took it upon himself to scoop up one handed and crash over left. (The reaction from his teammates on the video clear evidence of the popularity of that score....). Freddie lewis adding the extras, for a final score 58-7.
There were huge defensive sets in between the flowing rugby, and we dug really deep on a number of occasions to hold out their big pack. The fact they didn't score again after the first 10mins says much of the resolve of the full 22 man squad today. Very impressive and pleasing!
We enjoyed too the standard of the refereeing, a championship level performance. TY.
Final score 58-7.