Chew Valley Match Report - 11th March 2018
Probably our toughest game so far...
A surprisingly dry and sunny day awaited the team on Sunday, as sixteen players took to the field against fellow Landrover Cup winners Chew Valley RFC, a team that has not been beaten in two seasons.
Missing a number of players who we generally class as forwards, meant that we had several players playing out of position, but all showed enthusiasm to play wherever was needed. Ollie Stewart as an example, showed his mental steal as he packed down in the second row at one point, against a large and physical Chew Valley pack.
We agreed to play 4 x 13 minute quarters, with a change of ends after the second quarter. Unfortunately we lost the toss of the coin which meant we played the first 26 minutes uphill and against the wind.
The boys were clearly up for the contest and played with exceptional determination. Right from the kick-off, our defence was monumental and wave after wave of big forwards were kept at bay by defensive heroics. Chew Valley were very physical and well drilled and competent in the breakdown area and we found rucking challenging. Our jackling was however exceptional at times and we stole several balls on the ground and fought hard for every opportunity.
The majority of possession was with Chew Valley in the first two quarters, but at no point did the boys give up and despite making tackle after tackle on Chew Valley’s big runners, it was hugely impressive to see Topsham up the attacking anti in the final two quarters and share equal possession.
The scoreline was very close throughout swinging 1-0, 1-1, 2-1, 3-1, 4-1, 4-2, 4-3 and with a potential draw in sight (and possible victory!), the final quarter was brought to a frustrating close 6 minutes early!
The coaches asked the players at the start of this match to give their all and that they did. The boys were a huge credit to the club and despite some knocks and bruises along the way, kept coming back for more. Hard fought games like these test characters and every one of the boys stood up to the challenge, of probably our toughest game so far.
Fantastic effort everyone and great also to see Alex James back playing!