Chard end league term on a high with fine win at Truro
PUBLISHED: 10:46 24 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:46 24 April 2018
Chard, on their fifth and final visit to Cornwall in the Western Counties (W) division, were 27-17 winners over Truro, a result which sees Chard end the season in seventh place in the table, one berth above the Cornish side, writes Glyn Hughes.
The score reflects the terrific contribution that Truro made to a very good game and they certainly made the most of Chard being down to 14 players in the final 20 minutes with players being sent to the sin bin for high tackles.
In what were almost tropical conditions, Chard made a strong start and the forwards drove Truro back and, when the ball was thrown out wide, Charlie Roberts made a fine break and scored close to the posts. However, he blotted his copy book by missing a straightforward conversion!
It soon became clear that Truro were a useful counter-attacking team and they made every effort to catch Chard unawares.
A clever kick out wide found the home winger unmarked and he gathered the ball well to score in the corner for an unconverted try that levelled the scores.
The next score came for Chard when, from a lineout, they executed the perfect catch-and-drive and hooker Joe Mainwaring went over. The conversion was missed, but Chard led 10-5.
Chard then lost influential prop Nick Hyslop to the sin bin, but this did not at all affect the overall team performance. Just before half-time, Gab Riley broke clear and scored and, with a Roberts conversion, Chard reached half-time leading 17-5.
Early in the second half, with the set scrum and lineout working well, it was no surprise when, from another lineout, the impressive Luke Hill crossed for the bonus point try,
With Chard 22-5 to the good, it seemed as if Truro were done for, and Chard pressed home their advantage with veteran full back Ben Stead showing he retains a nice turn of pace, as he raced in for his side’s fifth try,
In the final quarter, with the two teams suffering in the heat, both Riley and Emile Szydelko were sent to the bin at different times and with their man advantage Truro made a real effort to get back in the game.
There were a few nervous moments for the Chard supporters who had made the journey as Truro scored two late tries and a conversion, but Chard held on comfortably after that to take five points.
The effort and commitment made by the players was first class and results have really looked up in the last month.
Chard: Ben Stead, Ross Colenso, Charlie Roberts, Bill Biss, Emile Szydelko, James Twigg, Ryan Helliar (capt) Nick Hyslop, Joe Mainwaring, Luke Hill, Scott Johnson, Dave Biss, Max Gosden, Gab Riley Warren Lewis. Replacements: Tom Managhan, Archie Bromfield (both used), Jim Wagstaff.