MATCH REPORT: Chippenham 85 - 12 Bicester
By Paul Jaggers
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S.W.1 EAST CHIPPENHAM 85 BICESTER 12 – PAUL CHRISP
From the kick-off the visitors Bicester were on the back foot, as Chippenham proceeded to thrill their spectators, with a scintillating display of open running rugby. Bicester kept their try line intact for just 10 minutes, before the floodgates opened, in a one-sided contest, totally by the pace, handling skills, and brilliant support play of the entire Chippenham squad. The hosts scored 13 tries, 10 of which were converted, whilst brave Bicester, who despite the onslaught, refused to lie down, managed to cross for 2 tries, one in each half. However, whilst the gulf between the 2 back divisions was enormous, the visiting forwards can hold their heads up high, especially in the loose rucks and mauls. Second row Will Thurlow was named their man of the match, as both he and flanker Jack Horwood were outstanding in the line-outs. No.8 Wes Westaway too, drove powerfully off the scrummages, whilst hooker Will Anns capped an impressive display in both the loose and open play, with a well deserved try. For Chippenham winger Brad Doggett scored 4 tries, full back Will Waddington crossed 3 times, whilst centre Jacob Unwin scored twice. Fly half Dan Wainwright converted 4 tries, and replacement Lewis Surry added another 6 conversions.
The hosts led after 10 minutes, when, from a scrum, following a crooked line-out throw by Bicester, centre Ryan Surry sent full-back Will Waddington racing over on the right. Straightaway, hooker Miles Davies put winger Brad Doggett across on the left-side. Fly-half Dan Wainwright converted both these tries, and the one that followed, after more slick handling by Chippenham resulted in flanker Andy Rossiter sprinting across on the left-side. Next, Bicester lost their own ball and as Chippenham attacked, also on the left, Doggett put Waddington across for his 2nd try, with Wainwright again adding the extras. A period of Bicester pressure nearly resulted in a try for centre Shaun Reddish, but soon, the visitors lost possession again, and winger Brad Doggett finished off more mesmeric handling, to record his 2nd try, on the left. This time, replacement Lewis Surry again converted, and on the stroke of half-time, Bicester no.8 Wes Westaway drove off a scrum in the centre, before the ball passed through the hands of full-back Andy Morgan, out wide to the left, where a superb driving maul by the forwards ended in hooker Will Anns stretching across in the corner, for an unconverted try.
As play resumed after the break with Chippenham 42-5 ahead, Bicester were again punished for losing possession, when centre Jacob Unwin finished off another sweeping crossfield move by the hosts, to score on the left side. Surry converted both this try and the one that ensued, when scrum-half Tom Fogerty dotted down from a quickly taken penalty. The rout continued with an unconverted try by centre Ryan Surry before Doggett completed his hat-trick, touching down a chip ahead down the centre. Lewis Surry again converted, and gallant Bicester bounced back, winning 3 scrums, 3 line-outs and 3 penalties in a period of intense pressure inside the Chippenham 22 area. From the 3rd, 5 metre scrum, flanker Jack Horwood was driven across for a try which centre Dan Spencer also converted. Chippenham were leading 68-12, 20 minutes from time but soon Unwin scored his 2nd try, with Lewis Surry adding his 6th conversion. Finally Doggett scorched over for his 4th try and replacement Charlie Palmer went over for another unconverted try.
As a result of this game Bicester are now bottom of SW1 East.
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