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Your News Chesham 52 - Berkshire Shire Hall 17

Chesham Rugby Club struck with a second eight try celebration of running rugby in as many weeks on Saturday afternoon. Making the most of being on home turf for consecutive weeks the Stags cut loose on their league opponents to secure a league bonus point and further cement their fourth place position in the Berks, Bucks, & Oxon Championship.

It took the Stags a while to get into the game as they blew away the effects of the week's training, but the home side soon began to warm to the task. Chesham were dominating possession and as last week, the set piece was working well. The forwards began to control the lineouts and scrums which gave the strong backline a platform to work on. Chesham's defence was also working well and good pressure saw captain Gareth Wehrle force Shire Hall to touch the ball down in their own try zone. From the resultant five metre scrum the pack drove for the line before scrum-half Ross Leek picked up from the base and darted for the line. He was held up inches short but the ball was recycled for Wehrle to try his chances, the lock also being repulsed by a strong Shire Hall defence. With the forwards working hard to create quick ball it was left to flanker Jack Davies to crash through the defence from a deep run and open the scoring.

The visitors hit back almost immediately as they managed to secure some possession and force their way upfield. A cross-field kick could not be gathered by the Chesham defence and the bounce settled nicely for the Shire Hall winger to collect and cross to level the scores. The Stag's strong set piece continued to lay a platform for the backline to attack and outside-centre Phil Cornhill took advantage to break through the line, beating the last defender for Chesham's second. Good inter-linking play from the back row then created the next try scoring opportunity. Quick ball from the loose trio saw fly-half Tom Hirst spot space and break through, drawing the last man to release No. 8 Jonny Reynolds to score under the posts. Shire Hall hit back once more as a slick passing move saw their winger on the outside of the Stag's defence to score in the corner just before half time.

At half time Chesham addressed the issues they had experienced with their defence in the first half, tightening up the ranks and working hard as a unit. Some strong running from the locks Wehrle and Ben Harry, along with carries from the front row enabled the loose forwards and backline to run with freedom and play their game. Despite an onset of heavy rain, the fresh legs of replacements Nick Jones, Zain Sibilant, and first team debutant Dan Summerlin also had an impact. This resulted in further tries as Alex Jaycocks grabbed a brace, Davies went over for his second, and Olly Jaycocks also scored to secure the win, despite a Shire Hall consolation try.

The Stags have now scored 52 points for two weeks in a row, and confidence is high ahead of next week's game against bottom placed Winslow. "The hard work put in by the front row enabled us to play some fine running rugby and play a good inter-linking game with the forwards and backs" said Chesham Rugby Club captain Gareth Wehrle. "This was another good team performance and we've now taken bonus point wins from the last two weeks, which sets us up well for the games to come. We need to be ruthless against the lower placed teams that we now face, while also recognising that we need to continue playing strongly to obtain all the league points we can by the end of the season."

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