Second XV - Match centre

Witney 2XV
Amersham & Chiltern 2XV
Unknown, Unknown
Full time
L Culverhouse, B Dugdale
Unknown
O Choules (2)
Unknown, Unknown, Unknown
O Choules (2)
Sat 1 Apr 15:10 - South West Division - Berks/Bucks & Oxon 1

Chiltern come off second best in season curtain call

The narrowest of losses reflects a season where Chiltern 2nd XV couldn't quite find the consistency required to top the table

Knowing they needed a 4 try bonus point win to stand any chance of regaining 2nd place in the league, Chiltern had a less than ideal start when bad traffic, a car crash and a broken down car meant the full squad wasn't assembled outside to warm up until 15 minutes before kick-off. Fortunately, a 10 minute delay to kick-off was negotiated meaning the team could at least run through a couple of phases before the action began.

Despite the majority of the pack usually playing for the 3rd XV and Witney clearly having the weight advantage in the scrum and backline (not necessarily an advantage there), Chiltern played and tackled excellently in the first 20 minutes to open up a 3-10 lead. The penalty, courtesy of Ollie Choules was followed by a converted try scored by Lewis Culverhouse, after a great break by Henry Bowcock.

Witney were playing some fantastic rugby too, regularly looking to attack the 10 channel and then get the ball wide quickly to run hard at the young Chiltern backline. The boot of Witney's number 4 kept them in it with another 2 penalties due to the consistent infringements around the rucks. HT 9-10 to Chiltern.

The second half got off to the perfect start with Chiltern scoring a superb try when Jake Cutter produced a pin point cross field kick for Ben Dugdale to gatherly sublimely. Ollie Choules, who kicked wonderfully all game provided the extras to put Chiltern in a great position with the score now 9-17.

Witney upped their game and responded with a try of their own in the corner, after they exploited an overlap out wide. Again, their number 4 was on hand to convert brilliantly from out wide to close the score to a point. 16-17 Chiltern. The boys from Weedon Lane picked up a penalty in front of the posts with 15 minutes to go before Witney broke straight through the centre of a ruck. Numerous last gasp tackles resulted in Matt Neill receiving a yellow card for not rolling away with Witney just short of the Chiltern line. With Chiltern down to 14, Witney pushed over to take a 1 point lead with 10 minutes to play.

2 minutes later, it was 14 v 14 - a Witney player going in the bin for cynical play. From the resultant penalty, Chiltern decide to take a short at goal. Sadly the kick from the right hand channel about 40 yards out drifted just wide of the uprights. With Chiltern back to 15 for the final 4 minutes, a good chance to attack out wide was frustratingly kicked away. Witney wound down the clock, winning a penalty with 40 seconds to go and as it sailed wide and over the dead ball line, the final whistle blew!

An agonising 21-20 loss meant Chiltern will finish a very respectable 3rd place in BBO1.

Season Summary
Well that's it, another season over (for the 2nd XV at least). The 2nd XV management and regulars will look back on the season and probably be a little disappointed in how it ended. However, all should be very proud with the performances managed, especially given the struggles of the 1st XV.

With a number of key 1st team players leaving over the Summer and consistent availability issues, the 2nd XV relied on the able skills of upwards of 75 different players as more and more were called up into the 1st team squad. It is a great testament to the strength and depth within the club and it's been fantastic to see a number of youngsters shine in their first season of senior rugby - not one taking a backwards step against their often sizeable opponents.

Huge thanks go to Huw Thomas, Dave Choules and Alan 'Simmo' Simmons for giving up their Saturdays and plenty of other evenings in the week to corral a team together, coach and support on game days. Without them, I am sure the success on the field would not have been possible.

There have been some fantastic highs, most notably the last gasp win over Chinnor Wildboys but some equally some humbling lows (Redingensians away). What's for sure is that the mighty Red & White Dynamite will be back next year to try and take the BBO1 title and continue their unbeaten run at Weedon Lane!

Key moments

10:00
Penalty Ollie Choules kicks a penalty for Amersham & Chiltern 2XV
15:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Witney 2XV
20:00
Try Lewis Culverhouse scores for Amersham & Chiltern 2XV
20:00
Conversion Ollie Choules kicks a conversion for Amersham & Chiltern 2XV
25:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Witney 2XV
30:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Witney 2XV
43:00
Try Ben Dugdale scores for Amersham & Chiltern 2XV
43:00
Conversion Ollie Choules kicks a conversion for Amersham & Chiltern 2XV
55:00
Try Try for Witney 2XV
56:00
Conversion Conversion for Witney 2XV
60:00
Penalty Ollie Choules kicks a penalty for Amersham & Chiltern 2XV
66:00
Try Try for Witney 2XV

Highlights

View 0 new events
80:00 Missed Penalty
Penalty missed for Witney 2XV
75:00 Missed Penalty
Ollie Choules misses a penalty for Amersham & Chiltern 2XV
71:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Witney 2XV
66:00 Sub Off
Jake Choules is substituted off for Amersham & Chiltern 2XV
66:00 Sub On
Tom Hill is substituted on for Amersham & Chiltern 2XV
66:00 Try 21 - 20
Try for Witney 2XV
65:00 Yellow Card
Matt Neill is yellow carded for Amersham & Chiltern 2XV
60:00 Penalty 16 - 20
Ollie Choules kicks a penalty for Amersham & Chiltern 2XV
60:00 Sub Off
Dale Brimble is substituted off for Amersham & Chiltern 2XV
60:00 Sub On
Jake Choules is substituted on for Amersham & Chiltern 2XV
56:00 Conversion 16 - 17
Conversion for Witney 2XV
55:00 Try 14 - 17
Try for Witney 2XV
43:00 Try 9 - 15
Ben Dugdale scores for Amersham & Chiltern 2XV
43:00 Conversion 9 - 17
Ollie Choules kicks a conversion for Amersham & Chiltern 2XV
End of period 1
35:00 Sub Off
Doug Smith is substituted off for Amersham & Chiltern 2XV
35:00 Sub On
Luke Donnebaum is substituted on for Amersham & Chiltern 2XV
30:00 Penalty 9 - 10
Penalty kicked for Witney 2XV
25:00 Penalty 6 - 10
Penalty kicked for Witney 2XV
20:00 Try 3 - 10
Lewis Culverhouse scores for Amersham & Chiltern 2XV
20:00 Conversion 3 - 5
Ollie Choules kicks a conversion for Amersham & Chiltern 2XV
15:00 Penalty 3 - 3
Penalty kicked for Witney 2XV
10:00 Penalty 0 - 3
Ollie Choules kicks a penalty for Amersham & Chiltern 2XV
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Witney 2XV
  • Amersham & Chiltern 2XV
  • 0
  • Ollie Choules Penalty 10:00'
  • Penalty 15:00'
  • Lewis Culverhouse Try 20:00'
  • Ollie Choules Conversion 20:00'
  • Penalty 25:00'
  • Penalty 30:00'
  • Doug Smith Sub Off 35:00'
  • Luke Donnebaum Sub On 35:00'
  • Ben Dugdale Try 43:00'
  • Ollie Choules Conversion 43:00'
  • Try 55:00'
  • Conversion 56:00'
  • Ollie Choules Penalty 60:00'
  • Dale Brimble Sub Off 60:00'
  • Jake Choules Sub On 60:00'
  • Matt Neill Yellow Card 65:00'
  • Jake Choules Sub Off 66:00'
  • Tom Hill Sub On 66:00'
  • Try 66:00'
  • Yellow Card 71:00'

Team selection

Dugdale, Max Dugdale, Max
Dugdale, Ben Dugdale, Ben
Greenstreet, Ryan Greenstreet, Ryan
Choules, Ollie Choules, Ollie
Brimble, Dale Brimble, Dale
Cutter, Jake Cutter, Jake
Brothers, Michael Brothers, Michael
Shaw, Michael Shaw, Michael
Culverhouse, Lewis Culverhouse, Lewis
Kilbey, Jason Kilbey, Jason
Rice, Johnny Rice, Johnny
Neill, Matt Neill, Matt
Smith, Doug Smith, Doug
Bowcock, Henry Bowcock, Henry
Allen, Sam Allen, Sam

League round up

Other Berks/Bucks & Oxon 1 results

Maidenhead 2XV
22
8
Windsor 2XV
34
36

Comments

Loading comments

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Chinnor 3XV 20 90
2. Maidenhead 2XV 20 77
3. Amersham & Chiltern 2XV 20 73
4. Redingensians 3XV 20 63
5. Bracknell 2XV 20 62
6. Witney 2XV 20 53
7. Windsor 2XV 20 41

Team sponsors

Affiliations

Club sponsors