Staines Nick a first win of campaign
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.
Solo flight: Jamie Williams scored a cracking
individual effort for Staines at Chiswick.