Biss try double as Chard make new champions work hard for victory

PUBLISHED: 18:01 26 March 2018 | UPDATED: 18:01 26 March 2018

Action from the Chard versus St Ives match.

Action from the Chard versus St Ives match.

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Chard were beaten 19-10 by a visiting St Ives side that were crowned Western Counties (W) champions as a result of their victory, writes Glyn Hughes.

Chard took a deserved lead when after a lot of forward pressure Dave Biss went over to put the home side into a 5-0 lead.

The visitors hit back, but they were met by some superb defensive work by Chard as well as some sound touch kicking from the boot of James Twigg. In addition, skipper Ryan Helliar impressed at scrum half and Scott Johnson won good ball in the lineout. Both sides deserved credit for some really good handling in what were very difficult playing conditions.

Just as it looked as if Chard would reach half-time with their lead intact they were dealt a blow, several minutes into time added on, when St Ives broke clear and scored a try through their scrum half. The try was converted and Chard trooped off at the break trailing 7-5. Early in the second half St Ives looked really sharp and, 10 minutes in, broke clear to score under the posts once more. The conversion was knocked over and the St Ives lead became one of nine points at 14-5.

An already difficult pitch was made worse by the rain and, after forward pressure, St Ives scored in the corner to extend their lead to 19-5.

Chard hit back and their efforts were rewarded when Biss scored for his second try to complete the scoring in the match.

Chard put everything they had into the final minutes but fell just short of at least a losing bonus point, but they made the visitors work mighty hard for their title-sealing success.

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