1st XV - Match centre

Chard
Bridgwater & Albion
Sat 11 Mar 15:00 - South West Division - Tribute South West 1 West Full time

Chard 38 pts Bridgwater 5 pts

Six trys for the home team

South West One

Considering the league positions of each side this was a stunning win for Chard against their local rivals.
Chard have lost several players to injury as well so this win was all the more satisfying.
Bridgwater were on top in the opening ten minutes but Chard gradually got back into the game. However with Chard really putting Bridgwater under pressure in their own 22m area some poor handling allowed the visitors to make a timely interception close to their own line and the resulting counterattack ended with a try for Stuart Heal after 17 mins play. Heal took the conversion but could not add the extras.
Chard were looking strong up front but their lineout play was very hit and miss and this prevented them from making use of the territorial advantage gained.
Chard had a bit of a let off when what appeared to be a perfectly good second try for Bridgwater was disallowed by the unsighted referee.
From this point onwards things changed dramatically and Chard really dominated the game and deservedly went ahead with a try from Taalieb Johnson which was converted by Oesman .
Shortly before half time Johnson got his 2nd try when his blistering pace won the chase for the touchdown following a splendid kick ahead.
Half time Chard 12pts Bridgwater 5 pts
Chard were making a lot of handling errors initially in the half but they did look really dangerous when they did manage to hang on to the ball..
Chard had to make a few changes having lost the services of two players to injury included skipper Ryan Helliar but despite this they remained well on top.
Winger Matt Tinley dropped a certain try scoring pass but minutes later made amends when he got the touchdown after he finished off a stunning counterattack from deep inside their own half. .Oesman added the conversion points
Chard were now on a roll and before long had got the bonus point try their performance deserved when Johnson crossed for try number four which he converted himself to put Chard well clear.
Further tries came in the final ten minutes with Siljeur and Johnson going over for tries five and six. Oesman converted both to complete a good day for him personally.
Away from the points scorers flanker Jason Wright had another great game but special mention must be for Chards two young props Benn Mainwaring and Liam Mustchin who at 20 and 19 respectively have come into the side recently following season ending injuries to Luke Aplin and Dave Biss. Both are showing that they have a huge amount of potential.
A great win for Chard having scored six excellent tries and everyone at the clubs hopes that this form will continue for the remaining four games of the season.

Chard have no fixture next weekend but the clubhose will be open for all local rugby fans to come and watch England play Ireland on the big screen in what could/should be a grand slam winning performance!

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
8. Okehampton 25 64
9. Bridgwater & Albion 26 64
10. Teignmouth 26 58
11. Bideford 26 48
12. Chard 25 34
13. Kingsbridge 26 29
14. Midsomer Norton 26 7

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