Thursday, March 27, 2014
Camborne 123, Sidmouth 7
A weakened Chiefs team travelled to Camborne to find the home side in top form and an uncompromising mood as they compete for promotion, writes Terry O’Brien.
The result was a record defeat by some margin!
Despite the concession of nineteen tries, the Chiefs competed well in the set pieces and their defence from first phase was good. Centres Harry Chesterton and Dan Colson tackled solidly in the middle, while Jevon Astley-Jones and Ben Dobson covered and tackled well at the back. However, once Camborne had worked the ball through a few phases, and committed the Sidmouth backs, they had too much pace for what remained of the defence. Also, a number of tries came from turnovers, when the defence was not organised.
The extent of the mismatch was evident after just 18 minutes, when Camborne scored their bonus point fourth try with all four being converted for a 28 point margin.
With the score at 0-64 in the 33rd minute, the Chiefs showed commendable fighting spirit to match their opponents, in the spell either side of half time, in both points scored and quality of rugby.
When Dan Retter use a penalty award to kick for a lineout inside the Camborne 22, the forwards won the ball and progressed to the line with a series of pick and drive plays from rucks. Eventually Nick Mills dived over for the try, which was converted by Dan Retter.
The home side kicked off the second half with the wind at their backs. The Chiefs responded with a fine handling move, started in their own 22, to send Jevon Astley-Jones sprinting down the right wing. He was deep inside the Camborne 22 before he was stopped. Unfortunately, the ball was turned over at a ruck and the fly half finished off a move covering 90 metres and added the conversion.
Another Sidmouth move gave Ben Dobson a run into the opposing 22, where Neil Barratt won a scrum against the head. But, again, Camborne eventually turned over possession and conjured another try from long range.
With the Chiefs tiring rapidly, Camborne ran in another seven tries at regular intervals until the referee mercifully blew up a few minutes early.
On Saturday the Chiefs entertain Cullompton in a local derby. The result at Stafford Park was a nail-biting 28-30 defeat. The kick off is at 3.00pm.
The Quins travel to Cullompton whilst the Colts are at South Molton.