Patched-up Home Team Prove Too Strong for Visitors
Rugby Result - Chiswick 17 Old Merchant Taylors 12
A patched-up home team finally proved just too strong for the fourteen men of OMT. With contradictory views about relegation floating around, this was, or wasn’t, an important match. Both teams tried to play open rugby, and generally succeeded, but defences were on top, and scoring opportunities few.
The first tackle on the boulder-like OMT No.5 was successfully put in by Alistair Pickering, just back from a long period of recuperation. The visitors soon started using the diagonal supporting breeze by kicking long for the left corner. The predictable maul followed, but the home pack, stiffened by the return of James Oliver, and with Jan Joubert in rollicking mood, resisted well, and although OMT kept the pressure up, there was no way through. Keith Luckman’s defensive kicking was really high class, and eventually Chiswick worked their way into the opponents’ half. From a lineout and subsequent maul, Luckman slipped the ball inside to Ben Cheston, and a well-timed pass to Adrian Lewis allowed him to put Roman Zakrevsky away with just enough room to squeeze in at the corner. The kick failed.
The Chiswick tackling was impressive, with Cheston and Euan Smith as well as Pickering prominent in this respect. It was a desperate tackle on the Chiswick line by Luckman, however, knocking the ball out of the would-be scorer’s hands, which prevented an equalising try for OMT, following a neat passage of play. A minute later their outside centre did score, after a heel against the head as OMT got temporarily on top in the scrums. The kick failed.
Chiswick team :- Donaldson, Joubert, Chraplewczyk, Oliver ( Nicolle ), Smith, Maguire, Pickering, Vinden, Lovell, Luckman, Zakrevsky, Cheston, Lewis, Hookham, Miller
February 28, 2007