Third XV - Match centre

Old Grammarians 1XV
Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
Full time
L Donnebaum, S Kilbey
D Kinsey
D Kinsey (2)
Sat 28 Jan 14:00 - Hertfordshire & Middlesex Rugby Merit Tables - Merit Table 5

Threez Squeeze Barbarian Grammarians

Chiltern close in on the Title with win over closest league rival

Excuse me a moment whilst I pour myself a glass of sinew-stiffening homemade Sloe Gin, and then sit back as I recall the recent adventures of the mighty third fifteen, a team that I think always looks after the pill well, and does like it up 'em.
Amersham and Chiltern 3rd XV travelled to Old Grammarians RFC in a top of the table Merit League 5 clash on Saturday. Old Grammarians had given us a good hiding in the reverse fixture in October, and Chiltern arrived expecting a tough afternoon.
Chiltern received the kick off, playing up the slight slope in the first half. After some scrappy exchanges, Chiltern found themselves in the Grammarians 22 with a succession of line-outs close to the line. After about 4 in quick succession Chiltern finally went over from a well executed catch and drive that saw Luke Donnebaum fall over the line for a try which went unconverted.
This sparked Old Grammarians into life, and quickly from the restart their outside centre ran over a couple of tackles to score a try which went unconverted.
Both teams received a yellow card in this period- firstly the grammarians 9 got the team yellow card for persistent paddle hands in their own 22, then Sion Owen, in his first game back from injury needed a breather so flipped one of the opposition through 90 degrees in a tackle, 10 minutes in the bin. It was also about this period of the game when Richard Gazzard flattened their outside centre, only to be dumped on his head a couple of minutes later by the same player, who in his defence was sporting a very resplendent moustache, ending Gazzard's involvement with concussion. Old Grammarians also managed to miss a kickable penalty so the scores were level at 5-5 at half time.
The first 15 minutes of the second half went scoreless, until Chiltern, realising that all points were vital, kicked a penalty to go 8-5 ahead. Grammarians then piled on the pressure from the restart, and quickly scored in the corner, unconverted. 10-8. With a slick reliable line Chiltern were able to kick for territory and pinned grammarians back. Another penalty made it 11-10 to Chiltern, Kinsey then had a drop goal attempt that ended up closer to the corner flag than the posts. Some hard running from Luke Antos, Owen and Matt Neil kept Chiltern going forward, allowing Scott Kilbey to score a try under the posts from a sustained period of pressure which was converted, 18-10. Grammarians weren't finished and scored a well worked backs move with their full back cutting a great line in-between their fly half and centres, some sloppy tackling allowing a score under the posts, converted. 17-18.
With less than 5 minutes remaining on the clock, Chiltern kicked the restart deep, but a long clearance kick and outrageous bounce brought play back to the Chiltern 22. A few more phases later and a penalty was awarded to Grammarians wide out on the 22. Their kicker audibly declared 'I can get this' so they elected to kick for the posts, with what was to be the last kick of the game. Fortunately for Chiltern the ball missed the posts by a considerable distance, leaving Chiltern to breath a big sigh of relief.
Grammarians were very hospitable hosts and I hope that both sides get promoted so we can play them again next season. The post match food was very pleasant and the bar prices very reasonable. Also, expansive clean changing sheds were very welcome, no travel vaccinations required for this one unlike one of the other clubs we have visited this season where I do believe they filmed the scene where Ewan Mcgregor dives into the toilet in trainspotting.
Great to see Cookie back from injury, Henry Bowcock back from his travels and Man of the match Sion Owen who was immense on his return from injury last season. Great to see our travelling supporters, who we enjoyed a glass with afterwards.
Roll on the next match.
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Match report words - Dan Kinsey
Match Photo - Cookie

Key moments

10:00
Try Luke Donnebaum scores for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
45:00
Penalty Dan Kinsey kicks a penalty for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
60:00
Penalty Dan Kinsey kicks a penalty for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
70:00
Try Scott Kilbey scores for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
71:00
Conversion Dan Kinsey kicks a conversion for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Sion Owen is awarded player of the match for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
71:00 Conversion 0 - 18
Dan Kinsey kicks a conversion for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
70:00 Try 0 - 16
Scott Kilbey scores for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
66:00 Sub On
Adam Cook (Cookie) is substituted on for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
65:00 Sub Off
Henry Bowcock is substituted off for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
60:00 Penalty 0 - 11
Dan Kinsey kicks a penalty for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
51:00 Sub On
Dale Brimble is substituted on for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
50:00 Sub Off
Richard Gazzard is substituted off for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
45:00 Penalty 0 - 8
Dan Kinsey kicks a penalty for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
End of period 1
21:00 Sub On
Scott Kilbey is substituted on for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
20:00 Sub Off
Dale Brimble is substituted off for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
10:00 Try 0 - 5
Luke Donnebaum scores for Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
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As it happened

  • Old Grammarians 1XV
  • Amersham & Chiltern 3XV
  • 0
  • Luke Donnebaum Try 10:00'
  • Dale Brimble Sub Off 20:00'
  • Scott Kilbey Sub On 21:00'
  • Dan Kinsey Penalty 45:00'
  • Richard Gazzard Sub Off 50:00'
  • Dale Brimble Sub On 51:00'
  • Dan Kinsey Penalty 60:00'
  • Henry Bowcock Sub Off 65:00'
  • Adam Cook (Cookie) Sub On 66:00'
  • Scott Kilbey Try 70:00'
  • Dan Kinsey Conversion 71:00'
  • Sion Owen Player of the Match 80:00'

Team selection

Brown, Esmond Brown, Esmond
Smith, Anthony Smith, Anthony
Brimble, Dale Brimble, Dale
Neill, Matt Neill, Matt
Wainwright, Edward Wainwright, Edward
Kinsey, Dan Kinsey, Dan
Gazzard, Richard Gazzard, Richard
Donnebaum, Luke Donnebaum, Luke
Roualt, Raphael Roualt, Raphael
Owen, Sion Owen, Sion
Grant, Andrew Grant, Andrew
Antos, Luke Antos, Luke
Smith, Doug Smith, Doug
Bowcock, Henry Bowcock, Henry
Whitty, Mike Whitty, Mike

League round up

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45
Barnet Elizabethans 2XV
5
6
Hackney 3XV
Cuffley 2XV
24
24

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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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