Yellow cards at scrum ‘only negative point’ for Williams
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.
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