First XV
Sat 11 Nov 2023  ·  Regional 2 Thames
Amersham & Chiltern
First XV
Match Report 11.11.23:         A&C  RFC  1XV   7    versus    HAC 1XV    7

Match Report 11.11.23: A&C RFC 1XV 7 versus HAC 1XV 7

Jennie Cahill17 Nov - 18:25
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An honourable draw after hard work in the trenches

Match report - Saturday 11 November 2023

by Andy Grant

An honourable draw after hard work in the trenches

‘In Flanders Fields, the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely sing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below’.

V1 - ‘In Flanders Fields’ written by John McCrae

Amersham and Chiltern RFC 1XV: 7

Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) 1XV: 7

Half-Time: 0 - 0

The eagerly awaited match-up and befitting for Armistice Day of both unbeaten teams lived up to all expectations on a dry calm Saturday. With a decent Amersham support it was HAC that made the more dynamic start with some fine kicking from their No 10 especially. There was early evidence that both sides had a defense to be proud of with both sides attacking well only to be stopped by coordinated hits and much clapping and hugging following success.

Amersham though grew quickly into the game only to suffer a little with some clumsy knock-ons and badly timed steals from some well positioned line outs.

HAC on the other hand also had some promising attacks only to be repelled by an impressive defensive line. The first breakthrough seemed to have been made by HAC with a sustained at-tack, over the wall and charging in the field only to be held-up. Some say they scored. We will never know. There was lots of hugging and clapping from Amersham with some :( sad faces from HAC.

A 0-0 half-time is rare but halfway through the 1st half was predictable.

The second half continued in the same way. Little between both sides with the referee working hard to maintain the flow and tension. With approximately 9 minutes to go it was then Amersham who ensured there was no doubt when Charlie Swelling (prop) rolled over for a touch down under the posts. Easily converted by Noah Jarvis (7-0). Momentum very much with Amersham.

A gutsy HAC was not to be out-done and maintained some pressure before Amersham made more gains in an effort to press ahead. With too much chat and a penalty HAC were given the advantage and took it securing more pressure on the Amersham line and a resulting in a try in the last minute. A tough conversion that most people thought would be missed, had a low trajectory, before limping over for a well-deserved 7-7 draw.

Another cracking game, Chiltern maintaining their 3 point lead and with Rugby undoubtedly being the winner.

Quote of the day:-
Player from HAC: ‘Bloody hell my ribs are sore I feel as if I’ve been shot’.
Claire (our Physio) ‘Oh dear, so you know what it’s like to be shot?’
Player HAC: ‘I am in the army’

This week: We will be welcomed back to Riverwood’s Drive the home of Marlow RFC. A regular fixture in mini and junior rugby and we are looking forward to our 1st Teams renewing the local ri-valry. 7th V 1st. Supporters more than welcome.


2. Chris JOYCE
3. Charlie SWERLING
4. Kieran BOOTH
7. Josh FINCH (C)
8. Jordan SCOTT
9. Tim HAYES
11. James LEWIS
12. Noah JARVIS
13. Alex BOWER
14. Bojan CECARIC
16. Joe BATT
17. MacKenzie SOUTH
18. Lloyd ANDERSON

Match details

Match date

Sat 11 Nov 2023




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