Che­sham romp home after ten­ta­tive start

SCHOOL RUGBY

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

CHE­SHAM Prep School proved the truth be­hind an old song at the UCS U10s rugby tour­na­ment this week.

The lyric goes ‘it’s not where you start, it’s where you fin­ish’ and true to form Che­sham’s young­sters grew in con­fi­dence from small begin­nings to romp home in the day’s fi­nal.

A lack of com­pet­i­tive prac­tice at nine-a-side showed in their first game with Bel­mont, which fin­ished 0-0, Jack Fisher just fail­ing to get over the line with the last play.

With the first game out of the way, the young­sters stepped up the in­ten­sity to com­fort­ably de­feat hosts UCS 25-0, a score­line they re­peated against Habs in the last pre­lim­i­nary game to qual­ify as group win­ners.

Bo­gey team and for­mer win­ners Gay­hurst stood be­tween them and a place in the fi­nal, but Fred­die Bate­son made sure they were not bar­ring the way for long, scor­ing two tries and mak­ing three more.

Jack Cal­laghan, Henry Keith and Louis MacKen­zie all fea­tured strongly as Che­sham ran out 30-0 win­ners to set up a fi­nal with St Columba’s.

Here, Jack Fisher got a cou­ple of tries as Che­sham dom­i­nated from first whis­tle to last to run out 40-0 win­ners, mean­ing they had not con­ceded a point all day.

George Birch and Theo Rus­sell car­ried the ball and rucked su­perbly and were more than backed up by Charlie Whitby and Do­minic Ealand, while Archie Sjoberg put in a dis­ci­plined dis­play on the wing.

This was the first time Che­sham had reached the fi­nal of the tour­na­ment.

WIN­NERS: team

Con­trib­uted

The vic­to­ri­ous Che­sham Prep

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