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Your News Chesham 51 - Kingsclere 7

Chesham Rugby Club secured their first win of the season on Saturday afternoon with an eight try romp at home against Kingsclere. The win, which saw both backs and forwards achieving dominance all over the park, has given the Stags some real confidence heading into their first cup game next weekend.

The home side started well, a good kick chase led to a knock on from the receiving Kingsclere player and this set the tone for the rest of the game. Chesham secured possession and were soon awarded a penalty, Ross Leek taking the points to open Chesham's account. The opening penalty seemed to act as a starter's gun for the home side, and they soon began to score tries.

With the scrums providing a stable platform, captain Gareth Wehrle at No. 8 was able to present the ball for some exciting running rugby. With Kingsclere feeling the pressure their lock was soon sin-binned, and with the opposition pack being a man down Wehrle opted for an attacking scrum close to the line. After a strong drive, scrum half Chris Cheeld took advantage of quick ruck ball to snipe through a gap and score his first senior try. The Stags were now on the front foot and scored their second try soon after. Leek had been kicking for territory well in the opening minutes, and he showed his skills as a deft grubber through the line was collect by the onrushing Jack Davies to score Chesham's second try.

With the ball once again in Kingsclere territory, the Stag's forwards set up a strong rolling maul. Flanker Ollie Cato was then able to break down the blind side, offloading to outside centre Phil Cornhill who put his centre partner Tom Hirst through for a further unconverted try. With this score secured, the home side began to get scrappy; trying some risky offloads in the tackle and conceding some unnecessary penalties. Lock Ben Harry was sin-binned for a disagreement with a Kingsclere player, but despite being a man down Chesham's defence and work rate shone through.

With an 18-0 lead at half time Chesham were dominating but needed to re-focus on their game plan. Some strong words from Wehrle set the tone, and a rejuvenated Chesham team came out for the second half, determined to play their own brand of rugby. The tries continued in the second half, good work from Wehrle put Davies in for his second, before Kingsclere were able to take advantage of a defensive lapse to put their only points of the afternoon on the board.

With the Stags now back to full strength they were determined not to concede any more points. The front row were working hard at the set piece and ruck, which enabled the young loose trio of Davies, Cato, and Wehrle to have an impact all over the park. The backs were also attacking well, and the pitch-wide dominance allowed three players to make their first team debuts as substitutes, with Cliff Karuru, Ollie Mace, and Ben Sergeant adding some extra pace to the game.

More tries came during the second half; the back's handling was paying off as a flowing move saw full-back Olly Jaycocks over for his first try of the game. Jaycocks scored his second soon after as Cornhill chipped the defence with the bounce being collected by Jaycocks to swan dive under the posts. Chesham's penultimate try came from Mace; hitting the line at pace he was able to take an offload from Hirst to score under the posts. The home side's final try was perhaps the most impressive; a set move saw wing Matt Coles make ground down the touchline before passing inside to the supporting Karuru. Karuru then released Man of the Match Cornhill for a try that his work-rate all afternoon surely deserved.

"I'm really pleased with the squad, everybody worked so hard for our first win of the season and we played out of our skins" said captain Gareth Wehrle. "The back's hands were fantastic all afternoon, and they really enjoyed the creative freedom awarded to them by the hard work of the pack. We attacked from deep and seemed to have confidence behind our play, which Kingsclere just weren't able to live with. But, we'll have to keep this level of performance up as we go into our cup campaign next week".

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