Only 4 games left of OBB Div 1 League and so far we are top!
Match report OBB league one - Chinnor v Marlow 25 Mar 18
Following a disruptive week of snow last Sunday and mid week training cancelled because of efforts of the lads in some 7s campaigns, Marlow travelled to Chinnor in hope (and confidence) of backing up their previous league win (58-7).
Further disruption before ko as no ref had been booked so we were grateful for one to step in especially having reffed an u16 match that morning but kick off delayed to 1315. Also of note both squads marked their respects following the sudden death of Maidenhead DOR and Colts head coach Tony Brooks (57) with a minute silence.
From the first Chinnor ko, the ball didn’t travel 10m but they allowed it to bounce and in the uncertainty Marlow pounced and quickly got in their half. From a set play from the left, the backs played a wrap around move to release Stan Gibson from full back into the space to run in a well worked try. 7-0.
Our next came again down the right flank, deep in their 22, with Freddie releasing Tom asplin for a 1-1 who finished strongly, 12-0.
Our defence was resolute, and Chinnor struggled to penetrate or retain possession. We however were in ruthless mode, and from phases again, Jamie Maddern spotted space behind to chip ahead and gather a favourable bounce to stroll in under the posts. 19-0 and half time.
Half time chat was about continuing with a simple pattern of multiple phases and support play. The bonus point came from a cleverly crafted backs switch play off a 5m scrum, Max Boreham through a hole to score under the posts, 26-0. What followed was a series of lethal busts by forwards, the next try a 40m dash for Sam Hunt off a quick FInn Duguid tap pen and Jamie offload. Impressive. 33-0
Chinnor tackling fell away and gaps appeared, Jamie Maddern scoring off an arching run in open field (but missed the DG conversion from in front!). 38-0. Following a galloping Jack Barnes off the restart, the next forward bust was by Will Wright to feed fellow substitute Kyran Townsend for a stroll in, 45-0.
Harvey Hendry then got a brace, the first again a mesmerising pass at the gain line from a 5m scrum; the second an impressive 70m break out (reminiscent of his 7s in the week), 57-0. (A conversion attempt that worried the post protectors more than the scorers by Max Boreham).
The focus after the BP was secured was to NIL them, and with tenancy and huge determination, examples with a 12 man maul, we held out! Chinnor too showed great determination despite the score, pressing all the way to the end, and one memorable cover tackle when it look it like Finn Duguid with ears pinned back would get away to score.
Other notable mentions - Jack Stroud - credit for the hot potato passing on his own 22; undone by being sent to the side for wearing a bracelet (or just wearing a bracelet as a front row).
Injury of the day - dead legs....3 players off, including skipper James Forsyth inside first 10
The squad were ruthless today, subs again adding energy and no drop in level. 4 games to go (Bracknell Home and away, Redingensians and Maidenhead)
FT : 57-0
(Or net score over 2 legs, 115-7)
Jamie Maddern 2
Harvey Hendry 2
Jamie Maddern 6
(Training thu will be early and light - 1800-1900)
No match or training Easter Sunday.
Training thu 5th apr 1900-2030, ahead of match Sunday 8 Apr.