Match Centre - 12/11/2021 - 7:15 pm

London South West 2 

Chiswick 1st XV
47
Twickenham
17

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Match Details

CHISWICK V TWICKENHAM

With only one prior pre-season meeting between these two teams in the last 4 years, with Twickenham taking the spoils that day this is a refreshing change for both sides to test themselves against a new opponent.

Chiswick have built nicely since entering London 2 SW which has clearly seen them enjoy travelling to more favourable places than the previous 3 seasons.

With the Autumn Internationals kicking off just across the road at HQ this game has rather smartly been brought forward to Friday evening. A suggestion from the clubs that both squads are here to put on a show.

Chiswick have an enviable record under Friday night lights, their last victory was recorded less than 8 weeks ago against a Hammersmith team who sit 4th in London 1 only one win off second spot. To the home fans, this suggests this squad would comfortably hold their own if promotion was secured.

Although sat at opposite ends of the table nothing is taken for granted at level 7. Both teams come into this game with a mixed run of form and a win here for either side could revitalise and rejuvenate their respective seasons.

After 2 disappointing weeks, Chiswick welcomes back a couple of regular faces who will look to sure up the backline and add some fresh impetus into an attack that has been firing nicely but lacked that final touch.

A special mention must go out to Simon Allen-Clarke who will make his 100th appearance whilst the emergence of Isiah Horner bodes well for the home side, offering them another layer of carrying in the loose.

The latter made a strong impression after his introduction 15 minutes into the second half which swung the tide back into Chiswick’s favour topping it off by running a very clever in to out line, taking a well-timed pass off Snook and no one was stopping the 120kg back rower as he went over from 10 yards.

The same cannot be said for the 100 cap man, SAC, who was better suited to a heavier pitch a few weekends ago and cleverly managed to finish off his cameo by taking an early bath for what was a rather soft yellow card. Some say he already had a beer in hand before he left the pitch…

Nothing can be taken away from his contributions over the years and Chiswick will be pleased to see him back firing for what is still a long campaign, especially after losing Dan Sutherland to retirement last weekend with a recurrence of the shoulder injury that has hampered his last few seasons.

To touch on the yellow card would take away from what was otherwise a well-managed game from the officials but there was a sense that the man in the middle did his best to level up the game early in the second half after what was a near-perfect first 40 from the men in maroon.

Chiswick kicked off forcing an early knock from which Twickenham never recovered and other than restarting the game did not leave their half for the first 39 minutes of the game.

Chiswick’s forward pack dominated proceedings, finally giving Sam Leslie Miller an armchair ride at number 8 and were making substantial yards every time they carried the ball. On the back of this, a revitalised backline were crisp and direct and perhaps should have scored a few more tries if they had managed to release the ball a little sooner from the breakdown.

The Chiswick 10 marshalled proceedings expertly – the highlight a well-judged 50/22, pinning Twickenham on their goal line from which the home side went over. Any exit from the away side was strongly marshalled by Elliot Rich, who looked assured on his return from a season-ending injury prior to Covid. The Chiswick halfbacks showed the supporter a masterclass in wet weather kicking, pushing the Twickenham pack at every opportunity allowing for the home side’s forwards to cause serious damage as they scored 3 tries from well-worked rolling mauls.

Snook managed to sneak himself a well-taken try – again piggybacking the hard work done by the forwards, sliding through a gap in the defensive line as they focused their line speed elsewhere. However, the highlight of the first half came when the new man Ed Peach, broke down the left, beating 5 defenders before dropping off Rich Lane who cantered over from 25 metres. This will be a welcome break for Rich who is still taking flak for his try avoidance 2 weekends ago.

The message at halftime from both coaches was that the first 10 minutes after the break was paramount in deciding how the game finished. With a 28 point lead at the break, even the die-hard travelling fans could not believe the deficit would be overturned.

The second half started in the worst fashion, with a kickoff not being taken and for the first 20 minutes Chiswick were camped in their own 22, defending well but conceding 2 well-taken tries.

This purple patch for Twickenham was as good as it got with Chiswick scoring 2 more tries in the final 15 to take their tally out to 47 points. A beautifully crafted move from a solid right-hand scrum allowed Ed Peach to secure himself a much-deserved try. The main work was done inside him with some brilliantly timed passing which will please the home side after a few sloppy final passes have been the difference between big scorelines and good scores this season.

This comfortable victory should keep Chiswick at the top of the league table for at least another weekend. The battle for the top spot intensifies with 4 sides running clearly ahead of the rest of the pack and the next 4 games before Christmas will be paramount in deciding who has promotion in their own fate come the end of the season.

The final question that must be being asked by the Chiswick faithful is ‘can we play more home games on a Friday night?’. An envious record is extended further and if the heads of many players were anything to go by on Saturday morning the party afterwards was equally as good as the performance on the pitch.

Lineup
Name TR CON PEN DG Cards
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3 1
4 1
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10 1 6
11 1
12 1
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Subs
Name TR CON PEN DG Cards
16 1
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