Sat 11 Nov 2017
Tabard 5 Chiswick 26
Tabard once again played some entertaining rugby but came off second best in a hard fought game with visitors Chiswick in a game they deserved more from.
Chiswick were first to score from a scrum following a promising piece of Tabard play that unfortunately ended with a knock on. Chiswick were able to find an overlap down the right wing and crossed for a try, the difficult conversion was well struck for the extra two points after 15 minutes. The rest of the second half belonged to Tabard, inspired by the efforts of George Gough playing at scrum half and the bullocking running of prop, Jermaine Ijieh. Gough’s pressure on the Chiswick number 8 brought a fumble and handed the ball to Tabard. Tabard’s ensuing attack was stopped illegally, resulting in the visitors receiving a yellow card. The quick taken penalty went to Priscott who barged over for 5 points. Tabard were forced to defend for the remaining couple of minutes before the referee blew for half time.
Chiswick started the second half full of intent having been lucky not to concede more points in the first half and a quickly taken penalty, albeit not from the mark, allowed them to stretch their lead to 5 – 14 after 7 minutes. Chiswick kept the pressure on Tabard who were now forced in to some desperate defence. A knock on in their own 22 set up another attack for the visitors who took full advantage of their territory to cross for another try after 20 minutes of the second half. Tabard were grateful to second row Will James who somehow got back to tackle the Chiswick winger when it looked a certain score. Tabard however were unable to clear their lines and a Chiswick scrum on the 5 metre line allowed them in for the final try of the game. Tabard looked to add to their tally but were unable to find the final pass whilst Chiswick were thwarted at the end by a great effort in defence by Naughton.
Tabard 2nds also were at home and despite a good effort lost to top placed visitors, Cuffley.