Chard score 41 points, but go down at Old Centralians
PUBLISHED: 16:30 15 April 2015 | UPDATED: 16:30 15 April 2015
There can't be many occasions when Chard have scored more than 40 points away from home and come away with no more than a four-try bonus point, but the 64-41 defeat at Old Centralians in National Three South West was one of them.
Centralians, one of the strongest teams in the league, were under the cosh for most of the first half in this crazy game.
This was a contest between the Chard pack and the opposition backs and a tactical switch at half-time resulted in Centralians keeping the ball as far away from the Chard forwards as possible.
It paid off handsomely for the home side as they turned a half-time deficit of 21-36 into a 64-41win to end their home programme having lost only one match on their own turf.
Chard went in front after five minutes when player-coach Simon Jenkins drove over from a line-out.
The home backs looked dangerous and were 14-5 up after 15 minutes.
Chard kicked a penalty to the corner and destroyed Centralians’ line-out defence for Gab Riley to go over for a converted try.
Pats ran back a try in reply then skipper Mark Parsons got on back for Chard to leave two points in it.
Chard then dominated the ten minutes before the interval with Ben Johnson and Ryan Helliar setting up Paul Mortensen for their fourth try.
This was followed by prop Luke Aplin scoring try number five and right on the half-time whistle Aplin drove over for try number six.
This was clearly not in the script for Centralians who changed their method of play in the second half.
They played 15-man attacking rugby with everybody throwing the ball out as wide as possible.
They did everything possible to avoid any forward confrontation because they had been outplayed in scrums, line-outs and in the loose.
Centralians looked a completely different outfit and scored seven tries in the second half.
Jenkins got another try for Chard which took them over the 40-point mark but injuries to the likes of Johnson, Nick Hyslop, Riley and Jason Wright hindered Chard and the home side showed exactly why they are where they are.
Chard play their final league match of the season in National three on Saturday when they entertain Old Patesians (2pm).
There is an ex-players’ lunch prior to the game. They will be meeting at the club by 12.30pm with lunch at 1pm. Anyone who has not done so can contact Mike Berry on 07855464412 or Glyn Hughes on 07471 191074 to confirm their place.
Chard 2nd XV lost 18-27 at home to Bristol Barbarians’ 1st XV on Saturday. They play their final Somerset One game at Keynsham this Saturday.