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Rugby Result - Lockside 8 Chiswick 22


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After narrow defeats in three vital matches, Chiswick were in no mood to take this game gently, and went straight on the attack, with No.8 Nick Pritchard constantly demanding the ball from his team, or snatching it from the opponents.

Centres Ben Hinze and Mark Jones made early attempts to bulldoze their way through the centre of the Lockside defence, and wings Simon Slattery and Roman Zakrevsky had a couple of typical forcing runs.

Chiswick then wasted a great opportunity when, after kicking a penalty into touch, they threw the lineout ball straight to the opposition.

A minute later, however, their forwards took good lineout ball, scrumhalf Glen Ambrose gave Pritchard a chance to take on half the Lockside pack, which he did, and the ball was then spun out to fly half Keith Luckman. He ran outside two defenders, in the style of Dave Samuels, ex Chiswick fly half and now assistant coach, and then cut back in, leaving one defender covering him and Slattery. Drawing the defender in classical style, Luckman put the wing away for a simple try, which Luckman then converted.

Lockside finally came into the game, and after missing a couple of penalty kicks succeeded in scoring an unconverted try after some poor Chiswick defending. They then kicked a penalty to go in front at half time.

Chiswick conceded a scrum against the head early on in the second half, but it was not long before Pritchard made a break and got the ball to Jones who scored a try. The conversion was missed.

Minutes later Jones got another unconverted try after a successful penalty kick/ five metre lineout sequence, and Chiswick were on top. Slattery knocked on yards from the home line, but minutes later succeeded in touching down legally after a scrum five metres in front of the Lockside posts. Luckman’s kick was again unsuccessful. In very slippery conditions handling became a lottery, and Lockside gave the visitors a scare on their line before the ball was finally cleared.

Chiswick team :- Johnson ( Donaldson ), Pickering E, Betts, Williams, Sampson, Pickering A ( Maguire ), Robbings, Pritchard, Ambrose, Luckman, Slattery, Hinze, Jones, Zakrevsky, Ulstein


February 27, 2006