Chesham romp home after tentative start
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.
The victorious Chesham Prep