Staines Nick a first win of cam­paign

Surrey Herald/News - - RUGBY -

London NW2 Chiswick 21 Staines 29

DI­REC­TOR of rugby Nick Huggett was sat­is­fied with the re­sponse from his Staines side as they over­came a strong Chiswick out­fit. De­feat in the open­ing game against HAC had hurt but Huggett was aware of the im­prove­ments and de­clared: “This was the re­ac­tion we wanted and although Chiswick asked ques­tions of us, and scored three tries, we dealt with them well. “Maybe the scrum­mag­ing wasn’t as tight and as low as the week be­fore and we weren’t so ac­cu­rate in the li­ne­out throw ei­ther. “Hav­ing said that the work around the fringes and the way we worked to get more width out wide was ex­cel­lent.” Staines got off

to a ner­vous start and in the first 10 min­utes gave away a penalty try. But the vis­i­tors marched back into the match and fol­low­ing some su­perb con­ti­nu­ity play, Max Ed­wards was able to glide in for their first try which was con­verted by Joe But­ler. Staines kept the pres­sure on as back row­ers Kerry Boyd, Matty Thomas and Danny Ed­brook, worked as a for­mi­da­ble trio in link play, this al­low­ing a co­pi­ous amount of ball for stand-off Alex New­berry to launch a ca­pa­ble back line. One such move al­lowed winger Sam Wattridge to dart past two de­fend­ers only to be high tack­led – an in­fringe­ment which re­sulted in a penalty try, con­verted by But­ler as Staines moved 14-7 ahead. Chiswick lev­elled the scores as half time ap­proached but were hit by a dou­ble whammy when the vis­i­tors moved swiftly back on the of­fen­sive, No 8 Boyd and a su­per solo ef­fort from full-back Jamie Wil­liams giv­ing Huggett’s side a 10-point ad­van­tage at the break. With a valu­able bonus point in the pocket, Swans worked hard to de­fend their well-earned lead, tight head prop and cap­tain Matt New­man do­ing well to keep the team fo­cused. They added another score from But­ler – the third in suc­ces­sion un­con­verted – and although Chiswick scored a de­served team ef­fort in the dy­ing mo­ments, Swans were able to take the points that moved them up to fourth in the ta­ble.

In Na­tional 3L&SE, London Ir­ish Am­a­teur en­joyed a 38-6 tri­umph at Gravesend to make it two wins from two so far this term.

Terry Hab­good

Solo flight: Jamie Wil­liams scored a cracking

in­di­vid­ual ef­fort for Staines at Chiswick.

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