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Your News Harwell 7 - Chesham 5

Chesham Rugby Club produced a much improved performance in their game against Harwell on Saturday. Coming off the back of an 18-0 defeat to Farnham Royal the previous weekend, The Stags trained hard during the week and were determined to make amends for the preceding week's errors. During a game that saw extremely changeable weather conditions, both sides physicality showed and Chesham were unlucky to end up losing the game 7-5.

Chesham's scrum was dominant early on with both sides looking to impose themselves on each other. Unfortunately, the Stag's lineout was not functioning so well and this was starving the visitor's hard running backs of quality ball. Harwell's backline were running some strong attacking lines but Chesham's defence held firm with each player trusting their inside man. Despite Harwell's domination of possession, the first points did not come until the thirty minute mark when the home side were able to bowl over from a lineout, with the try also being converted.

Ollie Cato took to the field as a blood replacement for Ben Harry, and Chesham were soon back on the attack. Alex Jaycocks took the ball from the kick-off and some strong crash-ball running from the backline took Chesham into the Harwell 22. However, handling then let the visitors down as the ball was knocked-on with the line at the Stag's mercy. A few minutes later, both sides found themselves down to 14 men as Cato and the Harwell fly-half were sin binned for an off-the-ball disagreement.

Chesham went in 7-0 down at half time, but confident that their hard running, and well-drilled attack would see them score points in the second half. Olly Jaycocks came on the wing for Matt Coles and the second half kicked off in heavy rain. Despite the conditions, Chesham's handling skills improved and Harwell were immediately under pressure. With Cato returning to the field and the lineout now functioning, Chesham were beginning to play their own flowing style of rugby and pressured Harwell into making mistakes. A Harwell infringement provided fly-half Ross Leek with a shot at goal, which was pushed wide in the harsh conditions.

The Stags now sensed an upset and continued to enjoy the majority of possession. Mid-way through the half captain Gareth Werhle took a tap penalty and charged for the line, being brought down ten metres short. Fantastic support and rucking from the forwards saw quick ball produced, and Chris Cheeld at scrum-half was able to release the backs. Crisp handling saw Olly Jaycocks over the line for Chesham's opening try of the season, which was unconverted from out wide.

The score spurred Chesham on and the last ten minutes of the game was a battle for possession from both sides. The last play of the game was an attacking scrum for Chesham and the ball was spun down the line. Good ground was gained from the Stag's backs but once more at the last minute their handling let them down and the ball was knocked-on, ending the game.

Man of the match was named as Ollie Cato for his impact on the pitch in producing go-forward ball. "The boys played incredibly well, winning nearly all of our essential battles" said captain Gareth Werhle. He added; "We played out of skins and battled all the way to the end of the game, bit it just wasn't to be. I feel that this close loss will fire up the team for next week's home game against Kingsclere; where I believe we can come away with the win."

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