Yel­low cards at scrum ‘only neg­a­tive point’ for Wil­liams

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HEAD coach Richie Wil­liams has or­dered his Amer­sham & Chiltern play­ers to ease their frus­tra­tions at the scrum, fol­low­ing a spate of sin­bin­nings on Satur­day,

Chiltern strug­gled to man­age the ref­eree’s ex­pec­ta­tions at the scrum all af­ter­noon at Chelms­ford and were pe­nalised for a se­ries of mis­de­meanours.

But while it did not af­fect the out­come this time, with Chiltern cruis­ing to a 59-10 win which keeps them sec­ond in Lon­don One North, Wil­liams is de­ter­mined it will not hap­pen again.

He said: “We need to learn to adapt to the ref­eree’s in­ter­pre­ta­tions.

“We got three yel­low cards as a re­sult of our scrum, so we watched the game back to see what was go­ing wrong.

“That was the only neg­a­tive point though. If we’d had 15 men on the pitch for the 80 min­utes we would have had 25 more points.”

As it was, Chiltern ran in nine tries – with two each for Josh Davies and Tom Gram­menos, one each for Dean MacLen­nan, Andy Fluker, Joe But­ler and Joe Win­penny and a spectacular ef­fort from Ziana Aexis – to make it four wins in a row.

Wil­liams said: “We’re start­ing to get a bit more con­sis­tency in our game now.

“We’re scor­ing lots of tries and we have more com­pe­ti­tion for places.

“We are mak­ing fewer mis­takes and the play­ers are un­der­stand­ing our game more.

“I was con­scious of the fact that we had lost on our two pre­vi­ous trips to Es­sex, but we scored some re­ally good tries, not least the one by Alexis, which capped a re­ally good dis­play by our for­wards.

“He picked the ball up in mid­field and their de­fence was wide open, and we have been en­cour­ag­ing our play­ers to iden­tify where the space is. Alexis in­sists he ran it in from 80m out, but it was more like 50m re­ally.”

Chiltern will ex­pect a far tougher test when they host fel­low former na­tional league side North Wal­sham this Satur­day.

Head coach Richie


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