CHARD 15 points KINGSBRIDGE 25
Travelling away for the second week in a row Kingsbridge produced a gutsy performance in gaining their first victory in South West One. A 25 – 15-point win, which included a try bonus point, over a Chard side who were also looking for their first points of the season, is fair reward for a Kings side who have showed true grit on the road over the last couple of weeks.
In blustery conditions Kings got off to a poor start as Chard took control via their totally dominant scrummaging and it was only 10 minutes into the game, after a series of collapsing scrums on the Kings line, the referee awarded a penalty try which was converted 7-0. Back came Kings and with play opening up it allowed the visitors to show how good they can be. Westlake carried well throughout the match. A sustained period of pressure saw Kings come close and thought they had crossed only to be pulled back for a foot in touch. Keeping the pressure up with a fine break from Banfield, who cut the line well all afternoon, Jones picked up a loose ball and quickly distributed with Dave Stevens crossing. Conversion missed 7-5. Chard continued to dominate the scrums with Kings struggling to get any possession and saw them defending for long periods, but from yet another Chard attack Kings slipped the shackle as Ben Newman intercepted a wayward pass and ran 70 metres to touch down under the posts. Jones converting 7-12, unchanged until half time.
Almost from the Kick off back came Chard with a try in the corner after Kings had been pegged back on their own line. Conversion missed 12-12. In what proved to be the turning point of the game, Chard pressing Kings hard, had a series of penalties close to the visitor’s line, but even with Kingsbridge having a player carded, they elected to scrum again and were penalised themselves. This allowed Kings to clear and from there on rallied and took the game to Chard. A fine try by Glover who showed great strength and determination to touch down was the start of sustained Kings pressure. Con missed 12-17. Chard cut the deficit with yet another penalty. 15-17. But back came Kings with another try from Glover after fine interplay between Parrott and Banfield. Con missed 15-22. Chard tried to chase the game but the Kings defence held up well and they continued to attack and were rewarded with a penalty under the posts which Jones converted. Final score 15-25.
A good team effort from Kings whose open play and lineout were in good order and it should take them into their next few games with confidence but with plenty of work to do in their tight play.
This weekend sees the 1st XV return to league action at High House where they will welcome Clevedon. Kick Off will be at 3pm. Kingsbridge A XV travel to face Topsham in the Devon Merit Table whilst the Colts travel to Plymouth to face Devonport Services.