Herts Hoodoo Hung Out To Dry
Rugby result: St Albans 3 Chiswick 24
Chiswick in Herts has been bad news – not any longer. A soft wet pitch ensured a scrappy start, with the Saints predictably trying short charges off the sides of the ruck. Home pressure led to a couple of penalties, the second of which gave the Saints three points. Chiswick came back with some well-structured play, and Ben Sutherland was agonisingly short of the line after a break by Ben Cheston. St Albans then made a crucial mistake, buying a Dawsonesque dummy from the rejuvenated Hansie Bezuidenhout, as he hurtled towards the line hugging the ball after a 22 dropout. Keith Luckman added the points, as general euphoria reigned in the Chiswick camp.
Buoyed by success in the lineouts, and by achieving some parity in the scrums, Chiswick kept their foot down, and with John Gibson and Hallewell thrusting down the middle, the home defence began to reel, and a bullocking run by Bez ignited the touch paper. Some blows later, the Saints ( sinners ?) were down to 14. Chiswick then blew it, losing their resultant lineout ( so what’s new ?), and then embarking on a grubber-kick tactic, rather than exploiting possible overlaps. Stuart Parmeter came close to scoring before the Saints finally broke upfield from their 22. Cheston’s superb cover tackle stopped them, and further tackles forced the home side wide out. With all the bases covered a lobbed pass was intercepted by Cheston. The flier was caught just short of the line, but scrum half Luca Vannini was there to crash over for his first try for the firsts. Luckman failed with the kick.
Chiswick team: Donaldson, Tucker, Parmeter, Addison, McCullun, Morris ( Adams ), Kelly, Bezuidenhout ( Cooper ), Vannini, Luckman, Hitchmough, Hallewell, Gibson, Sutherland, Cheston
February 22, 2011