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Third XV - Match centre

Barnet Elizabethans 2XV
Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
Full time
R Roualt, J Kilbey, L Donnebaum, S Kilbey, R Gazzard
P Sitzberger (2)
Sat 10 Dec 14:00 - Hertfordshire & Middlesex Rugby Merit Tables - Merit Table 5

Chiltern 3s make it 7 out of 7 on the road

3XV in title winning form put on another clinical performance against Barnet 2XV

A quick Google search and you will find little on Barnet except that it is a quiet, Conservative slice of suburbia with high house prices and a council whose Twitter handle spends a disproportionate amount of time desperately flogging the benefits of recycling to its constituents. If that sounds not dissimilar to home, it still took Chiltern 3s a while to warm up, settle in and eventually play some decent rugby, finally dispatching the opposition to continue their quest for the league title.
Yep, the final 3XV fixture of the calendar year saw Chiltern travel to North London to face Barnet Elizabethans. The match began with a scrum early on, but the home side were in no mood to get shoved about so the game quickly went to uncontested. Instead, Barnet, whose name derives from the Old English, ‘bærnet’, and loosely translates to ‘land cleared by burning’, had to put up with an unstoppable rolling maul which at times felt like Chiltern were using a scorched-earth strategy of their own.
Sticking with this brief military motif as I try hard to use historical analogy, we’re now going back over 500 years to the 1471 Battle of Barnet which was structured in a surprisingly similar way to this fixture. After a bright and tense beginning, Lancastrian morale was crippled by a series of events, symbolised by the Chiltern maul wearing down Barnet’s confidence, and eventually Yorkists were able to run rings around them, which is represented by flowing back moves in the second half. About those back moves - as mentioned, my research reveals that Barnet Council are relentlessly pushing their #SpreadTheSparkle Twitter campaign and Chiltern duly obliged with some sparkling play, with forwards recycling the ball effectively and then spreading the ball out wide for some glittery tries.
Having said all that, Barnet Elizabethans pressed hard in the last five minutes for a consolation try but Chiltern’s defence held firm under quite relentless pressure. Going in to a mid-season break, as the final whistle went and our try-line was safely left uncrossed, it felt like testament to the spirit that exists within the squad and has helped solidify Chiltern’s current place at the top of the table.
Highlights include: Raf’s dubious try and no one knowing what had just happened; Sitzy’s miraculous kick to touch being ruled out by someone quite thick; the spectator with the tight jeans and brolly receiving a fiery put-down from the ref; their man getting a yellow for a cheeky hand-off; the aforementioned defence at the end; further tries from Scott, Jason, Gazzard and someone else but I can’t / won’t remember.
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Good win. Enjoy the holidays - LC12

Paul Sitzberger

Player of the Match

Paul Sitzberger

Key moments

10:00
Try Raphael Roualt scores for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
11:00
Conversion Paul Sitzberger kicks a conversion for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
20:00
Try Jason Kilbey scores for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
21:00
Conversion Paul Sitzberger kicks a conversion for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
30:00
Try Luke Donnebaum scores for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
50:00
Try Scott Kilbey scores for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
70:00
Try Richard Gazzard scores for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV

Highlights

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70:00 Try 0 - 29
Richard Gazzard scores for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
50:00 Try 0 - 24
Scott Kilbey scores for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
End of period 1
40:00 +41:00 Player of the Match
Paul Sitzberger is awarded player of the match for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
30:00 Try 0 - 19
Luke Donnebaum scores for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
21:00 Conversion 0 - 14
Paul Sitzberger kicks a conversion for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
20:00 Try 0 - 12
Jason Kilbey scores for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
11:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Paul Sitzberger kicks a conversion for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
10:00 Try 0 - 5
Raphael Roualt scores for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Barnet Elizabethans 2XV
  • Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
  • 0
  • Raphael Roualt Try 10:00'
  • Paul Sitzberger Conversion 11:00'
  • Jason Kilbey Try 20:00'
  • Paul Sitzberger Conversion 21:00'
  • Luke Donnebaum Try 30:00'
  • Scott Kilbey Try 50:00'
  • Richard Gazzard Try 70:00'

Team selection

Brown, Esmond Brown, Esmond
Royals, Chris Royals, Chris
Kilbey, Scott Kilbey, Scott
Culverhouse, Lewis Culverhouse, Lewis
Gazzard, Richard Gazzard, Richard
Hughes, Tom Hughes, Tom
Sitzberger, Paul Sitzberger, Paul
Donnebaum, Luke Donnebaum, Luke
Roualt, Raphael Roualt, Raphael
Kilbey, Jason Kilbey, Jason
Keen, Jonny Keen, Jonny
Baxter, Robert Baxter, Robert
Jack, Perez Jack, Perez
Rogers, Stuart Rogers, Stuart
Allen, Sam Allen, Sam

League round up

Other Merit Table 5 results

43
7
Cuffley 2XV
Hackney 3XV
55
0
Southgate 1XV
0
45

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Amersham & Chiltern 3XV 18 88
2. Old Grammarians 1XV 18 82
3. Hackney 3XV 18 74
4. Barnet Elizabethans 2XV 18 68
5. Royston 2XV 18 65
6. Cuffley 2XV 18 64
7. Verulamians 2XV 18 64

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