1st XV vs Chinnor at away

  • Competition: National League 2 South 2017/18
  • Squad: 1st XV
  • Date: Saturday 16th of December 2017 15:00
  • Final Score: 7 - 41

Match Report

                     CHINNOR  41  CANTERBURY 7

 

  This was always going to be a tough afternoon against the slick and  unbeaten league leaders but a Canterbury squad showing seven changes can still take some positives from this defeat.
   A heavy injury list was one restriction on Head Coach Andy Pratt’s options and his largely experimental side might easily have folded after shipping 29 points in the first half.  Instead their solid set piece work, better control of possession and a refusal to lie down saw them give as good as they got in a competitive second half.
  Getting the new components to gel was a problem and after a promising start the city men were undone by the accuracy and execution of a Chinnor side riding a wave of confidence.
  They had an ability to create space which eluded Canterbury and that talent opened the way for Bertie Hopkin’s sixth minute try.
  The most telling blows came at the end of the first quarter when a harsh yellow card for Jake Rigby allowed Chinnor to exploit their superior numbers and grab two tries in the space of  four minutes. Mike McDonald and prop Tom Price scored them and Hopkin tacked on a conversion which the assistant referees deemed good while many had doubts..
   Canterbury were also guilty of missing tackles and good sides are quick to punish that kind of frailty.    Wing Henry Lamont added two more tries before the break, the last converted by Hopkin, and it could have been  the prelude to a major melt down.  But the city men emerged for that second half with a new determination and immediately stated their case with a catch and drive try from Sam Kenny, converted by Kyan Braithwaite.
   With their pack on the front foot for substantial periods Canterbury could now control possession but the problem was putting it to maximum effect,  Chinnor, even with fewer chances, still had the familiarity and coordination that produced tries.  Their understanding and confident handling saw Lamont complete his hat trick and Jonny Bentley add the seventh try, converted by Hopkin.
   If this was an unfamiliar looking Canterbury it did not constrain good performances from players like Sam Kenny and Dan Smart who settled comfortably into his new fly half role                
CANTERBURY: J.Murray (repl T.Best), G.Hilton, R.Mackintosh, W.Farris, B.Howard, D.Smart, K.Braithwaite, C.Townley, J.Otto (repl E.Deacon), S.Kenny (repl M.Pinnick), R.Cadman (repl .Stephens), L.Whetton (repl M.Corker), A.Woodward. D.Bailey, J.Rigby

David Haigh

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# Team Pld Pts
1 Cinderford 29 138
2 Chinnor 29 126
3 Redingensians 29 107
4 Taunton Titans 29 96
5 Redruth 29 89
6 Tonbridge Juddians 29 81
7 Bury St Edmunds 29 76
8 Worthing 29 76
9 Henley 29 73
10 Canterbury 29 72
11 Clifton 29 63
12 London Irish Wild Geese 29 56
13 Old Redcliffians 29 53
14 Barnstaple 29 51
15 Wimbledon 29 49
16 Broadstreet 29 34