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Chelmsford 22 Old Priorians 42
10:51am Friday 25th October 2013 in Local Sport
RUGBY: Chelmsford made ten changes to the line-up from the previous week’s league game against Norwich to give young players from the second XV a chance to show their skills at a higher level.
The young players did not let the club down, and even though the side was outmuscled for much of the game and a drubbing looked likely at one stage, they came back strongly after a 42-0 deficit.
Old Priorians, who are unbeaten in the league, are second in the table in London North West Two and they provided Chelmsford with stiff opposition. Old Priorians took the lead in the eighth minute when from a kick to touch, the ball was cleared, but the resultant line out provided a platform for their strong pack to score a converted try from a catch and drive to give them a 7 – 0 lead.
Several minutes later, Chelmsford were penalised for holding on and the ball was again drilled into the home side’s half. From the resultant maul Old Priorians managed to work the ball around the blind side, and with no cover defence, an easy converted try was scored in the corner.
From another catch and drive, the ball was moved down the line and some loose tackling saw the visitors score their third try which was again converted to increase the lead to 21-0.
Two further tries were scored in the first half, the fourth from another catch and drive and then some poor tackling saw a try score by the posts, both tries were converted and the half time score was 35-0 to the visitors.
Chelmsford ran the changes after half time in an effort to freshen up their performance, but after ten minutes the visitors were once again on the score sheet when a further converted try was scored in the left hand corner.
But Chelmsford’s fightback started when Miles Tett ran some intelligent lines and he fed the ball to wing, Tatenda Garure, who managed to force his way over in the corner and fly half, Rhys Whitelock converted to make the score 42-7.
Five minutes later the home side were on the scoreboard again, when Tristan Olive ran the full length of the field, only to be tackled.
A penalty was then given for not rolling away and then a deliberate knock on resulted in a yellow card being awarded to Chelmsford and from the quickly taken penalty, Miles Tett scored in the left hand corner to make it 12-42.
Two further tries in the space of six minutes gave the score line some respectability, with centre, Guthrie Holiday forcing his way over and then Tatenda Garure scored his second try in the left hand corner. Both conversions were missed to make the final score line 42-22 in favour of Old Priorians.
Coach Eddie Gooby said: “I am very pleased to say some of our younger players came of age today, after a hard first half against a very good Old Priorians side.
"It was a fantastic response from the whole squad in the second half.”
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