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Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
Verulamians 2XV
J Kilbey (2), M Neill, E Brown, J Keen
Full time
T Hughes
Sat 14 Jan 14:00 - Hertfordshire & Middlesex Rugby Merit Tables - Merit Table 5

3XV win without 'cheating'

Old Vee's fight back in 2nd half against rusty Chiltern

Ah, the first game of the new year after a five or six week break; a time when the collective fitness of all involved is probably at its most substandard as basic cognitive functions have endured thanks solely to cheese, chocolate and alcohol. It’s both my least preferred and my best-loved game of the season. My least enjoyed for obvious reasons - it hurts, it’s invariably freezing cold to the extent that it’s best to stay in the changing rooms for as long as possible before kick-off and pretend that you need more and more parts of your body taped up and you’re in the midst of January Blues – the list could go on. However, it’s also my favourite game of the year but for more unusual rationale. Prior to being a teacher it was my genuine belief that revising for tests was just another form of cheating. ‘Revising’ up to the night before an exam would create the impression that you knew something that actually you had just remembered, this single-serving knowledge doesn’t actually suggest you are academic or intelligent, it just proves that for 24 hours you’re able to retain some information that will be forsaken in a similarly swift manner. There’s nothing truly clever about that. But, being a teacher, this way of thinking couldn’t possibly continue, but it is a nice analogy for how I still feel about training on a Tuesday or a Thursday night – it is basically a form of cheating. It is a way of almost forcing yourself to be good at rugby by practicing and that can be worryingly influential on results. It could possibly be so influential that it means that the wrong teams win or lose; the most naturally talented team might not win and that’s clearly not fair, that’s cheating. To use another analogy, we don’t want 3XV rugby to become like Formula One for example, where great drivers can be beaten by superior cars. And that is why I love this first game back after the New Year – no one has been cheating for at least the last five to six weeks. It’s a blank canvas, a clean slate, and the more gifted of the two teams will win. No one is fit, no one is prepared; it’s joyous.
But it’s also really cold and Saturday’s game was no exception. It was cold. I struggled to come out of the changing rooms for fear of the biting wind but when I did I had a little jog and realised that I had a bad back. Imagine if I had been training? I could have found out about my bad back as early as Tuesday and really done something to prepare for it, but that would have been cheating. So instead, I had a pre-kick-off massage from Andy, which was far more rousing a preparation for the game than I ever could have wished for.
To the match itself – it started a bit scrappily and actually continued that way for most of the game – it felt so real and honest, clearly no one had been cheating. There was intensity to Verulamiums’ approach from the beginning though and it made for some exciting exchanges in the early moments. To be fair, the opening score could have come from either side but credit to us as we defended well on our own line for a number of phases and managed to score when the opportunity presented itself. We raced into a 22-0 halftime lead with tries from some of the guys.
From here, I remember very little. Shortly after the halfway point I hit my head and was forced by the referee to come off. Now, I’m not saying that the two things are linked, but at this point Chiltern’s opponents started to get back in to the match. While I was in the changing rooms being kindly looked after by Cookie, Verulamiums were making a game of it, scoring three tries of their own. The game might have got scrappier, but we dug in and scored again to grab a vital home win on the trail for the league title.
Now, we might have tired a little, we might have rested on our laurels perhaps, or maybe concentration wasn’t quite there, but it feels good to know that we’re winning without any cheating. We pass without revising.
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Match Report words are from LC12
Match Photos are from Ross Thompson

Key moments

5:00
Try Jason Kilbey scores for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
6:00
Conversion Tom Hughes kicks a conversion for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
10:00
Try Jason Kilbey scores for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
20:00
Try Matt Neill scores for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
30:00
Try Esmond Brown scores for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
65:00
Try Jonny Keen scores for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV

Videos and photos

3XV v Verulamians 2XV
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3XV v Verulamians 2XV

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Paul Sitzberger is awarded player of the match for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
65:00 Try 27 - 0
Jonny Keen scores for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
61:00 Sub On
Andrew Grant is substituted on for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
60:00 Sub Off
Lewis Culverhouse is substituted off for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
41:00 Sub On
Tom Hill is substituted on for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
40:00 Sub Off
Andrew Grant is substituted off for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
End of period 1
30:00 Try 22 - 0
Esmond Brown scores for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
20:00 Try 17 - 0
Matt Neill scores for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
10:00 Try 12 - 0
Jason Kilbey scores for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
6:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Tom Hughes kicks a conversion for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
5:00 Try 5 - 0
Jason Kilbey scores for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
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As it happened

  • Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
  • Verulamians 2XV
  • 0
  • Jason Kilbey Try 5:00'
  • Tom Hughes Conversion 6:00'
  • Jason Kilbey Try 10:00'
  • Matt Neill Try 20:00'
  • Esmond Brown Try 30:00'
  • Andrew Grant Sub Off 40:00'
  • Tom Hill Sub On 41:00'
  • Lewis Culverhouse Sub Off 60:00'
  • Andrew Grant Sub On 61:00'
  • Jonny Keen Try 65:00'
  • Paul Sitzberger Player of the Match 80:00'

Team selection

Fletcher, Tom Fletcher, Tom
Gordon, Jamie Gordon, Jamie
Neill, Matt Neill, Matt
Brown, Esmond Brown, Esmond
Wainwright, Edward Wainwright, Edward
Hughes, Tom Hughes, Tom
Sitzberger, Paul Sitzberger, Paul
Donnebaum, Luke Donnebaum, Luke
Culverhouse, Lewis Culverhouse, Lewis
Kilbey, Jason Kilbey, Jason
Keen, Jonny Keen, Jonny
Grant, Andrew Grant, Andrew
Smith, Doug Smith, Doug
Morrice, Harry Morrice, Harry
Allen, Sam Allen, Sam

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Cuffley 2XV
31
29
Barnet Elizabethans 2XV
Southgate 1XV
25
0
3
15
Hackney 3XV

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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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