Amersham & Chiltern RFC U14s 24 v 22 Buckingham RFC U14s
By Alan Baker
Amersham & Chiltern U14s win 8 try thriller by 2 points to become Bucks Cup Champions!
Congratulations and thanks to the 20 boys who held their nerve to deliver Amersham & Chiltern RFC U14s first county cup final win and the 5 boys who stood ready if required all of whom played in the semi final win over Marlow.
Amersham & Chiltern U14s won the 2019 Bucks Cup by the narrowest of margins, in a match that included periods of control, where in the 1st half with the wind A&C dominated territory and possession, but scored an under par 7 points through Henry Keith converted by Raphy Weatherall. This due to largely to great defence from Buckingham who stopped strong runs from Cameron Cork, Ben Gale, Jacob Avis and Piers Lane.
Then lack of concentration allowed an easy Buckingham try from the 2nd half restart, followed by individual brilliance from A&C wing Saajan Jassy to create a bridge head in the Buckingham 22 from which A&C pack lead by Edward Batchelor, supported by Xavier Currill were able to re-assert their lead through Serge Fox, converted by Raphy Weatherall of the cross bar.
Then came 3 unanswered tries and a conversion from Buckingham which turned the fixture on its head due to A&C defending too narrowly and panicking under pressure leading to a yellow card.
8 points behind with 10 mins left, another break down the wing from Saajan Jassy put A&C back in the Buckingham 22 creating our own pressure and this time Buckingham blinked under multiple phases of play with the ruck dominated by Freddie Chhabra and Tom Wingrove, conceding penalties and then a yellow card of their own.
Now one man up A&C hammered the Buckingham try line scoring a vital try through Alex O’Driscoll to keep the match alive going into the last 5 mins.
The return of Alex Evans from the sin bin and introduction of fresh legs of the bench Oliver Marsden at hooker and Jack Hodgson at second row suddenly meant A&C were pushing Buckingham off their own scrum and gaps appeared enabling A&C in move into the Buckingham 22. A kick and chase by George Birch created a scramble on the Bucks try line but no try due to a knock-on. The resulting scrum lead to multiple attacks fed by Raphy Weatherall to Captain Sammy Sinclair along the Bucks 5 meter line before a decisive charge from George Birch was met by the perfect pass from Thomas Treloar resulting in the winning try.
Henry Keith 5 pts
Serge Fox 5 pts
George Birch 5 pts
Alex O'Driscoll 5 pts
Raphy Weatherall 4 pts