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Chippenham Under 15s

Chippenham U15s 12 –v- Salisbury U15s 0

Final ; Wiltshire Cup 2007/08

Chippenham’s Under 15s retained the Wiltshire Cup yesterday beating Salisbury 12-0 in a re-run of last year’s final.

From the whistle, the game was played at a fast and furious pace with both sides making some early mistakes due to big day nerves. But Chippenham had the better start and set about attacking the Salisbury line with grit and determination. This paid off early in the half when winger Christian Novik ran an inside angle from a ruck on the Salisbury 22, off-loading to fly-half Ed Wilson. Wilson dummied the Salisbury full-back to score between the posts.

Chippenham full-back Jordan Rees slotted over the conversion to give the home side a good foundation on which to build. Chippenham maintained the majority of possession for the remainder of the first half but a series of unforced erros and unnecessary infringements kept the points difference to seven.

After the break, Chippenham settled well again and it was obvious that the half-time team talk had sunk in as the Chippenham pack made doubly sure that they secured the loose ball with power rather than digits, and the game was therefore played in the Salisbury half.

The CHippenham pack once again dominated with a series of drives which lead to their second try. This was awarded after a penalty on the Salisbury five metre line which forward Tom Dunn managed to ground amidst a mass of Salisbury players.

With just ten minutes to go, Salisbury upped the tempo but some resolute defending from all of the Chippenham team thwarted their efforts every time and thus created opportunities for the counter-attack, taking play back deep into the Salisbury half.

Although Salisbury put in a spirited performance, Chippenham were worthy winners and now move onto play the winners of the Dorset final to settle the overall Dorset & Wilts champions.

Chippenham Under 14s

Corsham U14s 5 –v- Chippenham U14s 5

Final ; Wiltshire Cup 2007/08

Chippenham’s Under 14s travelled to Corsham to play in the final of this year’s Wiltshire Cup.

Chippenham had played their hosts on the previous year again in the final of the Wiltshire Cup and had come second. This was the time for the visitors to step up to the mark and show Corsham that they meant business. Chippenham had come to the final to win and they did not disappoint.

Both teams were up for the challenge and it was a very tough game throughout. From the start, Chippenham drove Corsham into their own half and kept them there. Strong defending again from both sides meant that both teams struggled to gain an advantage and it was a wake-up call for Corsham that this year, Chippenham had come to do the business.

As the first half ticked on, Corsham put Chippenham under enormous pressure and eventually scored in the corner for their first, and only try of the match. The conversion was unsuccessful and as the first half drew to a close, Corsham had a 5-0 lead.

At the start of the second half, both teams battled on hard and both teams were very unlucky not to capitalise on the few opportunities each side had.

Eventually Ollie Phipps ran through the mass of the Corsham defence and passed the ball to Dan Keat who drove over the line in the corner and the score was equal. Again, due to the windy conditions, the conversion was unsuccessful.

Corsham took the game to Chippenham, and play went from end to end of the pitch, with excellent defending from both teams. In the last few minutes, Chippenham were under pressure from Corsham, but defended again and again and prevented another try from being scored.

The final whistle blew and due to the fact that Corsham had the home advantage, the win was awarded to Chippenham who at long last, had taken on the previous year’s champions and won, through sheer hard work and excellent play.

Chippenham have proved that they are a team to be reckoned with and proved that they can take on the Wiltshire Cup champions and be their equal.

The scoreline was a fair result for the evenly matched teams and a fine performance from the Chippenham Under 14s squad which bodes well for the future.

Chippenham Under 13s

Trowbridge U13s 0 –v- Chippenham U13s 15

Semi-final – Dorset & Wilts 2007/08

Sunday morning saw Chippenham Under 13s pumped up and eager to go against their Trowbridge counter-parts.

Some early pressure saw Chippenham rucking and mauling their way up the pitch, resulting in two early try attempts. One was judged held up and the other try was deemed to be just short of the try-line.

However, the prolonged pressure was finally rewarded when Parry opened Chippenham’s scoring midway through the first period. Following that, Trowbridge applied some pressure of their own and Chippenham were soon camped on their own try-line. However, the Chippenham defence held firm and Trowbridge were unable to make the final breakthrough.

Into the second half, the action was all one way and Trowbridge could not get into Chippenham territority. The Chippenham forwards dominated the scrums and rucks whilst the backs tackled as if their lives depended on it.

Chippenham again came close to scoring twice and eventually, their efforts paid off. The ball was shipped out wide to the waiting Jenkins who sprinted up the touchline for Chippenham’s second try.

With ten minutes to go, CHippenham kept the pressure on and Taylor rounded off a superb morning’s kicking with a try when he pounced on a loose ball.

Chippenham should have scored two further tries, but Trowbridge defended very well and thwarded a number of attempts.

An excellent morning’s work and a deserved place in the final for the Chippenham team.

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