Chard Under-11s in Land Rover Cup win at Trowbridge
PUBLISHED: 16:57 09 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:57 09 May 2018
Chard U11s travelled to Trowbridge for the 2018 Land Rover Cup hosted by Trowbridge RFC in an affiliation with Bath RFC.
Chard came away from the day undefeated after five hard-fought 12-minute games against teams they had never previously played.
First up they met a Keynsham side, who proved to be a very tough, organised team. The opposition brought the best out of the Chard defence, who produced some fantastic tackling in the first half and a great hold up that prevented a second try. Going into the second half Chard, trailing by one try, quickly realised they were still in the game and produced some great running rugby to draw the game.
Game two, against Devizes, saw Chard fall two tries down inside the first five minutes before they got one of their own just before half-time. With their tails up, Chard took advantage of the moment with an early try in the second half. During the second period both teams played some great running rugby with Chard keeping the pressure on to the very end and getting their just rewards with a try to seal the win. Game number three paired Chard with Supermarine and the first half saw both teams wrestling for the ball, a missed tackle from each side meant that half-time arrived with honours even. After the break, Chard started brightly, moving the ball out of the contact and running in two more tries. Some stubborn defence from Chard kept out Supermarine and Chard now had a second win on the board.
Game four, against Westbury, saw Chard in top gear, spreading play across the pitch to run in several tries. They ran in nine in total, but, and perhaps just as importantly, they kept their discipline in defence resulting in their try line not being crossed.
The final game was against Cleve and Chard went into it with a steely determination to retain their tournament-long unbeaten record.
Chard began on the front foot, dominating possession and territory and ended the first half scoring a couple of tries. After the break, Chard continued to be the dominant force and they scored twice more to finish the tournament undefeated.