Sat 10 Mar 2018, 15:00
Chiswick 24 Tabard 3
Tabard put in one of their best performances of the season and were unlucky that the score line was not much closer. The side were again without some regular starters but the lads that come in to the side showed great spirit and pushed the home team all the way to the end.
Tabard started well and were unfortunate that they couldn’t quite get the final pass out Harry Smith on the wing. Chiswick were a well organised outfit with a much bigger pack, and this came to bear at the first scrum when John Tilley was forced to leave the field. Chiswick were able to kick to the corner and despite a valiant effort in defence Tabard were unable to stop the hosts from scoring in the corner after 10 minutes. Tabard responded immediately after Dan Holmes made a perfectly timed tackle which dislodged the ball from a Chiswick hand and forced the home side in to conceding a penalty on the ground in front of the posts. Jack Reilly made no mistake with his kick taking the score to 5 – 3.
Tabard were then made to defend as Chiswick looked to stretch their lead. Despite a great effort by the visitors Chiswick worked an overlap off the base of a scrum and went in at the corner. Tabard were caught in front at the restart and Chiswick kicked to touch. This set up Aron Priscott to brush aside the Chiswick defenders and looked for all the world like he was going to make the line from 70m but was hauled down just short. He was able to get the ball away to Aled Davis but the final pass was adjudged forward. Tabard kept pushing and the half came to an end after Jack Reilly’s second attempt with a penalty went just wide and the sides turned round with the score 10 – 3.
The second half was end to end stuff and despite their endeavour, Tabard were unable to add to their score. Chiswick were able to pick up two converted tries, one just after the restart, the other with fifteen minutes to go. This set up a great finale as Tabard threw everything in to getting a try. Marcus Bunning cut a lovely line in the Chiswick 22, the ball was recycled and Naughton was tackled just short. Tabard should be proud of the way they stood up to their opponents in a game where the score line did not do justice to their effort.
Team: Tilley, Calnan, Westaway, Stanley Gough, Brown, Teddy Gough, Marcus Bunning, Priscott, George Gough, Harry Gough, Reilly, Davis, Smith, Naughton.