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Third XV - Match centre

Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
Biggleswade 2XV
J Davidson (2), B Pothecary, P Esson (2), J Kenyon
Tries
J Davidson (5), B Pothecary
Conversions
Sat 28 Apr 14:00 - Cup Full time

3XV win the Plate Final

Stylish 6 try win takes the silverware

Amersham and Chiltern’s 3rd XV played Biggleswade’s 2nd XV in a final of rugby; there was breakfast, bus and beer, but more of that later - firstly, who are Biggleswade? Bizarrely, Biggleswade actually started out as a model village in someone’s imagination but then it grew and now it’s a real place where people can plausibly live. Mainly thanks to Katie Price who took advantage of the cheap labour costs in model villages to base a cereals business there and Felix who opened a cat food factory where the tiny little workers would work famously hard. Long story short, there was an uprising in the 70s and now there’s Biggleswade as we know it today. Or don’t know it today. But it would seem crazy that one would never have heard of Biggleswade considering its remarkable origin story. Years later, with the town flourishing, residents got so sick of old cars and messing around on small aeroplanes that they established a selection of sports clubs that got people active and encouraged healthy competition. The karate club was a success among hip teens but it was the rugby club that truly took off with the new, larger people of Biggleswade. And now that they’d made it to a plate final they were the talk of the town.*

To the rundown of the day - back at Chiltern the troops met up early for a breakfast of bacon and coffee. There seemed to be few pre-game nerves from anyone but as we got on the bus and shirts were handed out while Doug delivered his pre-match speech, we were set up for final day.

We arrived early. Really early. And so we had a long team talk under a tree in a corner.

3XV Plate Final 2018
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When that was over, we battled with other teams for space on the training pitch. It was a big place but it was full to capacity with loads of people from a variety of clubs. Some of Biggleswade’s older supporters were placed in a box and carried around as a precaution.

Then Biggleswade’s players made their way to the pitch and we marched over, match shirts on, hair sorted. After definitely not bothering to properly check studs, the referee waited patiently for his touch judge without letting us start. It felt cold at this point.

At last the game kicked off. Davidson surely scored but it was disallowed but then he scored and it was allowed. Then Poth scored with a lovely chip and chase that I can’t remember. Then, just before half time with the game at 14-0 to Chiltern thanks to Culverhouse’s heroic self-sacrifice and their lad punching someone, they scored.

Close going in to the break but it got even closer after the interval as Biggleswade’s winger, the son of a four inch farmer, scored a really quite good solo try.

But then the wheels fell off of Biggleswade’s resolve. Backed by exceptional support and an above-average waterboy, Chiltern dominated, especially in the forwards with Paddy twice going over before the two Jacks, Kenyon and Davidson, each scored to put the game out of sight. Despite a late consolation, Biggleswade were defeated knowing that they would be going back on a dismal journey home in their early 20th Century antique aeroplanes. They were a decent bunch so it’s sad that they might never be seen again.

Nakedly, Chiltern picked up the plate outside the clubhouse and some ate sausages.

On the bus: before we had really got started we had stopped and were left waiting for an unusually long time without explanation. It turns out Doug and Luke had an hilarious time without us gaily pushing each other around in a supermarket trolley and taking ages over it. With all the beer safely on the bus, we gave the bus driver (David Neale’s older brother) the green light and we were off again.

There was singing, chanting and yeehawing, there was beer, port and even crack. There were threats and trials, rules broken and challenges overcome. There was also Dan Kinsey’s driveway, where most people pissed. There was more nakedness with Mike winning the naked run and there was court, with judgments made by Donnebaum despite his numerous indiscretions throughout the day.

From here, with the day reaching its end, Doug took a beer-induced turn for the worse, sprawling on the floor among the piss and mud and old beer. But there was a collective feeling that he had earned the right to be there, wherever and whatever he wanted, it had a been a happy day.

So there it is. Chiltern winning the plate.

Down in history it goes.


Match Report : Lewis Culverhouse
Match Photos : Es Brown

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Jack Davidson

Player of the Match

Jack Davidson
Ben Pothecary

Player of the Match

Ben Pothecary

Key moments

10:00
Try Jack Davidson scores for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
11:00
Conversion Jack Davidson kicks a conversion for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
20:00
Try Ben Pothecary scores for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
21:00
Conversion Ben Pothecary kicks a conversion for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
41:00
Try Jack Davidson scores for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
42:00
Conversion Jack Davidson kicks a conversion for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
50:00
Try Patrick Esson scores for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
51:00
Conversion Jack Davidson kicks a conversion for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
60:00
Try Patrick Esson scores for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
61:00
Conversion Jack Davidson kicks a conversion for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
70:00
Try Jack Kenyon scores for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
71:00
Conversion Jack Davidson kicks a conversion for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV

Videos and photos

3XV Plate Final 2018
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3XV Plate Final 2018

Highlights

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80:00 +2:00 Player of the Match
Ben Pothecary is awarded player of the match for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
80:00 +1:00 Player of the Match
Jack Davidson is awarded player of the match for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
71:00 Conversion 42 - 0
Jack Davidson kicks a conversion for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
70:00 Try 40 - 0
Jack Kenyon scores for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
61:00 Conversion 35 - 0
Jack Davidson kicks a conversion for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
60:00 Try 33 - 0
Patrick Esson scores for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
51:00 Conversion 28 - 0
Jack Davidson kicks a conversion for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
50:00 Try 26 - 0
Patrick Esson scores for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
42:00 Conversion 21 - 0
Jack Davidson kicks a conversion for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
41:00 Try 19 - 0
Jack Davidson scores for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
End of period 1
21:00 Conversion 14 - 0
Ben Pothecary kicks a conversion for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
20:00 Try 12 - 0
Ben Pothecary scores for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
11:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Jack Davidson kicks a conversion for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
10:00 Try 5 - 0
Jack Davidson scores for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
  • Biggleswade 2XV
  • 0
  • Jack Davidson Try 10:00'
  • Jack Davidson Conversion 11:00'
  • Ben Pothecary Try 20:00'
  • Ben Pothecary Conversion 21:00'
  • Jack Davidson Try 41:00'
  • Jack Davidson Conversion 42:00'
  • Patrick Esson Try 50:00'
  • Jack Davidson Conversion 51:00'
  • Patrick Esson Try 60:00'
  • Jack Davidson Conversion 61:00'
  • Jack Kenyon Try 70:00'
  • Jack Davidson Conversion 71:00'

Team selection

Fletcher, Tom Fletcher, Tom
Treloar, Stefan Treloar, Stefan
Fenton, Jamie Fenton, Jamie
Masom-Johns, Owain Masom-Johns, Owain
Merron, Mike Merron, Mike
Pothecary, Ben Pothecary, Ben
Davidson, Jack Davidson, Jack
Donnebaum, Luke Donnebaum, Luke
Culverhouse, Lewis Culverhouse, Lewis
Claridge, Jack Claridge, Jack
Gibson, Pete Gibson, Pete
Grant, Andrew Grant, Andrew
Smith, Doug Smith, Doug
Whitty, Mike Whitty, Mike
Wheeler, Sam Wheeler, Sam

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