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First XV - Match centre

Amersham & Chiltern
Southend
J Hughes, A Doyle, M McDonald
Full time
C McDonald (2)
Sat 17 Sep 15:00 - London & SE Division - National League 3 London & SE

Southend just too strong for brave Chiltern

Make no mistake, this is going to be a tough season…

Match report by Charles Owen-Conway

Southend were relegated from level 4 last year, but with a clear intention to go straight back up. With deep pockets, they have recruited some very good big aggressive players and were physically just too strong for a brave Chiltern team.

Since Chiltern last played in National 3 London two seasons ago, the strength of the league has increased markedly with clubs being prepared to invest considerable money into their recruitment of players. It was interesting to hear Chiltern coach Jason Bowers reflect that this year’s league is proving as strong as level 4 when he was head coach of Chinnor 4 years ago!

1st XV v Southend Saxons
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Chiltern played against a strong wind in the first half and played calm sensible rugby for the first quarter of the match. Some poor tackling then let in one of Southend’s new southern hemisphere recruits who side stepped his way under the posts for the first converted try.

Chiltern stayed strong as they grew more used to the sheer physicality of the Southend side. Several times they fought their way up to the Southend line but couldn’t manage the last pass that would have brought scores to them. The last 10 minutes of the half were where the game was lost. Poor concentration and some sloppy play was clinically punished with three more converted tries. Half time 0-28 to Southend.

The second half was however a different story with Chiltern taking the game to Southend. They played the percentages far better and exerted real pressure on their opponents and a strong midfield tackle saw Jonny Hughes gather turnover ball and race over for their first try, converted by Cameron McDonald.

Chiltern’s defence although under pressure was sound and replacement Ross Bugden added some welcome experience to the young back division. A good passing move with the ball recycled several times gave space for Aaron Doyle to score in the corner for an unconverted try, 12-28.

Unfortunately, Chiltern lost their big second row Ash Stevenson-Leigh to a nasty looking ankle injury and whilst they were regrouping Southend’s left wing cut a beautiful line to put Southend on the score sheet in the 2nd half.

A late try from Southend made it 12-40 before intense pressure from the Chiltern forwards with Chiltern’s man of the match Ian Stock setting up a gap for Mike McDonald to score under the posts for a well deserved third try for Chiltern, final score 19-40.

Make no mistake, this is going to be a tough season but the attitude and determination is there from players and coaches alike to become competitive and to build on what was clearly evident in the second half on Saturday.

Next week gets no easier as Chiltern travel to Tonbridge Juddian, who narrowly missed out on promotion to level 4 last season!

Key moments

47:00
Try Jonny Hughes scores for Amersham & Chiltern
48:00
Conversion Cameron McDonald kicks a conversion for Amersham & Chiltern
56:00
Try Aaron Doyle scores for Amersham & Chiltern
79:00
Try Mike McDonald scores for Amersham & Chiltern
80:00
Conversion Cameron McDonald kicks a conversion for Amersham & Chiltern

Videos and photos

1st XV v Southend Saxons
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1st XV v Southend Saxons

Highlights

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80:00 Conversion 19 - 0
Cameron McDonald kicks a conversion for Amersham & Chiltern
79:00 Try 17 - 0
Mike McDonald scores for Amersham & Chiltern
56:00 Try 12 - 0
Aaron Doyle scores for Amersham & Chiltern
48:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Cameron McDonald kicks a conversion for Amersham & Chiltern
47:00 Try 5 - 0
Jonny Hughes scores for Amersham & Chiltern
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As it happened

  • Amersham & Chiltern
  • Southend
  • 0
  • Jonny Hughes Try 47:00'
  • Cameron McDonald Conversion 48:00'
  • Aaron Doyle Try 56:00'
  • Mike McDonald Try 79:00'
  • Cameron McDonald Conversion 80:00'

Team selection

McDonald, Cameron McDonald, Cameron
Davies, Josh Davies, Josh
Doyle, Aaron Doyle, Aaron
Hughes, Jonny Hughes, Jonny
Jack, Chris Jack, Chris
Fluker, Andy Fluker, Andy
McDonald, Mike McDonald, Mike
Batt, Joe Batt, Joe
Harrison, Nicholas Harrison, Nicholas
Zair, Andy Zair, Andy
Grammenos, Tom Grammenos, Tom
Stevenson-Leigh, Ash Stevenson-Leigh, Ash
Edwards, Lewis Edwards, Lewis
Church, Ed Church, Ed
Stock, Ian Stock, Ian
Amersham & Chiltern

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Tonbridge Juddian

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# Team Pl Pts
8. Dorking 26 56
9. Guildford 26 54
10. Sutton & Epsom 26 51
11. Southend 26 50
12. Chichester 26 47
13. Colchester 26 28
14. Amersham & Chiltern 26 7

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