Yesterday, Chiswick secured their first points in London One, with a fine win at home.
The visitors, Tottonians, based near Southampton and were London 2SW league winners last season losing only once, showed their intent to run the ball from the outset. Their ball retention was a feature of the early exchanges and they dominated the possession stats in the first 10 minutes.
In fact they took the lead within 5 minutes, having run a series of plays and finding the Chiswick defence (Marc Copperwheat at Blindside Flanker featuring) to be both robust and secure, their flyhalf chose to score a drop kick from 25 metres out. 0-3
Chiswick quickly responded, with Dan Sutherland (Left Wing) continuing his fine start to the season, opening up the Totts defence before linking with Dan Godfrey, who made a strong run into the visitors 22. The referee penalised Totts for not rolling away and Gabs Lowe (Flyhalf) slotted the penalty kick. 3-3
In the 21st minute, Chiswick scored their opening try. Dan Sutherland again starting the move, with James Banbury (Outside Centre) making good metres before passing the ball to Luca Vannini (Scrum Half) to run in under the posts. Gabs converted. 10 – 3
Tottonians continued to play open rugby with their right wing featuring in a number of moves, but whilst getting close to the Chiswick try line, they found the Chiswick defence impenetrable.
Totts were awarded a penalty when Chiswick were deemed offside. 10 – 6
Chiswick scored a second try after 32 minutes. Dan Sutherland again broke the Tottonian defensive line down the left flank, the ball was recycled quickly and spun along the threequarters for Tom Steer (Right Wing) to score in the right hand corner. 15 – 6
With the half time whistle imminent, Chiswick defence was breached for the first time, when their Right Wing slipped a tackle to score in the corner. 15 – 11
Chiswick made the quicker start to the second half and within 2 minutes had scored their 3rd try. The Tottonians right wing was firmly tackled and the loose ball was kicked through by Tom Steer, who outpaced the defence to touch the ball down. Gabs Lowe converted. 22 – 11
Chiswick might have scored a fourth try after a clearing kick by Tottonians was miraculously kept in play by a diving Joe Grindle (Fullback) for Dan Sutherland to start on another mazy run. A series of inter-passes was finally stopped a metre short by Totts. With 63 minutes on the clock, Chiswick were awarded a penalty, which Dave Hill (on at Flyhalf) kicked from 30 metres. 25 – 11
Tottonians then had a good spell and put Chiswick’s defences under pressure, with their replacement No 8 featuring in a number of plays. After a series of penalties, Tottonians scored a forwards driving try, but the conversion was missed. 25 – 16.
With four minutes of injury time on the clock, Chiswick were penalised for Crossing. A resulting comment heard by the referee, had us marched back a further 10 metres and in range for their 10 to kick a penalty and grab a ‘losing bonus point’. 25 – 19
FT 25 – 19
A fine performance by Chiswick, with the new players settling in well.
TEAM : Tom Shattock, James Dibble, Stewart Parmeter, Harry Cody-Doyle, Hayden Watene, Marc Copperwheat, Tyler Bush, Sam Leslie-Miller, Luca Vannini (Capt), Gabs Lowe, Dan Godfrey, James Banbury, Tom Steer, Dan Sutherland, Joe Grindle.
Bench : Tom Dean, Simon Allen-Clarke, Dave Hill.
NEXT WEEK : Chiswick travel to Gosport, hoping to secure their first Away win