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Chippenham Under 11s - Wiltshire Cup 2007/08

Chippenhams Under 11s travelled to Bradford-on-Avon, the venue for this years Wiltshire Cup on Sunday knowing that they would have to start well for their first game against Devizes, who have always been committed opponents in the past.

Chippenham U11s 1 v- Devizes U11s 0

Playing up the slight hill and into a strong breeze in the first half, Chippenham struggled to exert any presence and both teams seemed to be cancelling each other out quite effectively. At the start of the second half, George Logut secured the ball at a maul and raced down the blind-side to score the one and only try of the game. The wind proved difficult to judge for the backs when kicking and passing but towards the end of the game, Chippenham forwards began to show signs of dominance.

Chippenham U11s 2 v- Bradford-on-Avon 0

This next game against the home team followed a familiar story with again Logut peeling off a maul to open the scoring. Once the ball was moved away from the forwards, the backs found themselves with an opportunity to display their handling skills. The second try came from an impressive move with the ball passing through the hands of all of the back-line, including the full-back, to ultimately reach Ollie Alcorn who had looped around from the scrum-half to score in the corner.

Chippenham U11s 3 v- Corsham U11s 0

Corsham had struggled against the other teams in this pool and so Chippenham were able to quickly establish a good field position enabling Gaunt to cross for the opening try. Following good work from Toby Emery and Henry, both coming close to scoring, Jack Hurring crossed for the second score. Both Alex Whetton and Jamie Turek showed their ability to run hard with the ball in the second half making good ground. With the forwards dictating play to their opponents, it was only a matter of time before Callum Carter crossed from close range after the ever-present George Broom had secured a loose ball.

Chippenham U11s 0 v- Salisbury U11s 0

In the final game of the pook, Chippenham faced Salisbury who despite being under constant pressure throughout the game, held out for a 0-0 draw. Credit must go to the Salisbury team who showed tremendous resilience to hold out.

These pool games resulted in a tie between Chippenham and Salisbury at the top of Pool A. But on a count-back of tries, Salisbury progressed as winners to the play-offs, leaving Chippenham to play Marlborough, the winners of Pool B.

Chippenham U11s 5 v- Marlborough U11s 1

The sight of the biggest player ever seen at this age group on a rugby pitch on the wing, did not cause any concern to the Chippenham players who all took turns in tackling him with Carter being ever present and Hurring being the bravest.

This open game suited Chippenham and Logut opened the scoring with typical blindside run. Mackenzie then scored from a quick penalty. Alcorns try was the best individual effort of the day with a break from the base of the scrum in his own half followed by a neat chip into space and a fortuous bounce enabling him to collect and score. The backs then showed their handling skills to put Tom Davies and Turek into space for two more tries.

Chippenham and Salisbury progress to the Dorset and Wiltshire Cup final to be held on April 20th.

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