Coach Talk – A report on the Chester Game

On Saturday we were away to old Cheshire rivals Chester on their artificial pitch. They had taken the honours last season at their ground so we were looking to even up the score and put in a good performance. We had trained well in the week and everyone was looking forward to the challenge.

Chester started strongly with a solid set piece and were looking to play direct, open Rugby. They scored first with a penalty after 6 minutes and a converted try on 28 minutes. We did put pressure on their defence but were unable to break them down due to basic errors, turning possession over and giving away silly penalties. Chester extended their lead just before half time with another converted try giving them a 0-17 lead.

We started the second half playing much better controlled Rugby which resulted in a great converted try for flying winger Leon Simpson after ten minutes putting us back in the game 7-17. However Chester to their credit went further ahead with a converted try after 64 minutes putting us three scores behind at 7-24. The situation looked bleak for the team going into the last ten minutes of the game but what happened in those closing minutes can only be described as miraculous and marvellous.

The boys dug deep and playing some wonderful open Rugby young tight head prop James Harper went over for a great converted try on 71 minutes bringing us back to 14-24. Three minutes later another beautiful score for centre Oli Glasse putting us just three points behind going into the last five minutes. Then quite unbelievably with the last play of the game a converted try for number eight Tom Ailes which had started deep within our half and went through several pairs of hands. Final score 28-24 for the Tigers. A monumental achievement for all the players 1-20.

Next Saturday we entertain league leaders Caldy in what will be the hardest challenge so far. We know that a top performance is needed if we are to take the honours. I hope you all come along and  have a great afternoon, enjoy the game and give your full support to the Tigers in what should be a great game.

Cheers, Hazz

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