Sodbury breeze past Tewkesbury

November 29 2015

Chipping Sodbury 1st XV – 28 Tewkesbury 1st XV – 7

Chipping Sodbury 1st XV – 28 Tewkesbury 1st XV – 7

 

Sodbury set about their task with a diagonal wind in their favour but early pressure recorded no points on the board due to handling errors. An uncharacteristic penalty miss unwittingly set up Sodbury’s first try when the ensuing 22 drop-out was gathered in a fine aerial display by Phil Player. 

Jason Petchey ran tirelessly all game, clearing out the ruck and producing some quick ball which fizzed across the back line before finding skipper Steve Hopes fully 30m from the try line. With his beard flowing over his shoulder he embarrassed the cover tacklers to score next to the uprights. 

Sodbury set up camp in the Tewkesbury 22 for the next 10 minutes but were frustrated by their own errors and a manful Tewkesbury defence.  A lineout well into the Sods own half following a huge relieving kick from the visitors led to a pinpoint throw from eventual Man of the Match Dave Guest. The ball was pinged out into the centre for Joe Horton who set off a passage of play that saw multiple rucks, pounding runs and inter-passing that gave Dan Bradley the opportunity to unlock the final line of defence and run through for a try. 

Sodbury kept at it for the rest of the half as they tried to make the most of the conditions but they failed to convert their numerous line breaks into tries as passes were dropped. 

Early in the second half, with Tewkesbury pressing hard, Sodbury’s defence went into overdrive. From a 5-metre lineout they forced the visitors back to halfway with their tackling. The combative nature of the Sodbury lineout was a feature of the half as any attempts by Tewkesbury to gain a foothold in their 22 were wiped out by the Sodbury jumpers. 

A Sodbury scrum on the Tewkesbury 10m line produced quick ball that once again found the marauding Horton. He got to within 10m of the try line and in the shadow of the posts popped the ball up off the floor, allowing the pack to swarm in. After 3 rucks which were once again defended heroically, up stepped Hopes. The crowd had been treated to a display of his pace and now they marvelled at his raw power and determination as he burst through the tight defence. 

Tewkesbury used the wind to keep Sodbury in their own half and enjoyed some success with the ball in hand. Sodbury were indebted to the likes of Ryan Halford, who dealt with any breaks from fullback. But, as Tewkesbury kept pressing, Sodbury started infringing, and eventually the pressure told and a try was inevitable. 

Stung by conceding a try, Sods applied a huge amount of pressure from the restart. Eventually Tewkesbury got a lineout just outside their own 22, but nobody could believe the miss-pass that they threw. On hand was tricky winger Ben Taylor, to intercept and sail in beneath the uprights for a fourth bonus point try. Bradley stepped up to convert as he had three times before, wrapping up a weather-influenced game.