The venue for this game was the Uplands, home of the Swansea Gladiators. Considering the recent adverse weather, the pitch was in superb condition, which allowed a great game of rugby to take place.
It was a strong start from the Chiefs, with the forwards making some good carries and showing great support player, which allowed scrum half and captain Joe Pursey to clear with a box kick. The Swansea fullback made his first, and perhaps only mistake of the game, in kicking the ball to Tom Mcnee with a broken field in front of him. He took the outside space and made it from 22 to 22, and if not for the great covering tackle from the glads winger, he was surely in the corner for the opening try within the opening minute.
The game began to open up; after Will Slocombe and Harri Dineen made the hard yards around the ruck, It allowed Marcus Winterman and Daniel Ford to makes some breaks out wide, making valuable yards. This pattern saw the glads leave one ruck unguarded, allowing Pursey to snipe around the corner. He drew the full back and then put a perfectly weighted grubber kick behind the try line for Ryan Price to dot down, sadly, too far out for Joe to add the extras.
The Glads bounced straight back, scoring a try after some great play off the kick off. Winning the ball back from a loose kick by Mcnee, the Glads forced their way into the Chiefs 22 before spinning the ball wide. With so many Chiefs players tied into the wide ruck, it allowed the Glads to eventually break through the line and score under the sticks.
As the game went on, there was more end to end rugby being played, as Mcnee and the Glads fullback having a great one-vs-one battle. Eventually the Glads found themselves in a similar position to their first try, forcing a wide ruck, with only a fantastic covering tackle from Rob Carpenter preventing the try. Unfortunately, once again the Chiefs players were draw to the ruck, and it created space out wide - although this time the glads forwards neglected the backs and stepped back on the inside onto the weak Chiefs defenders and scored under the post.
The Chiefs bounced back immediately, with Price showinf his bace and agility to break from the 10 to just short of the glads 5m line, and Jack Trigg continued his try scoring record after a great support line to score under the posts. This was a far easier kick for Joe to convert.
The second half was far more open, but great defence from both teams saw few points scored until the dying minutes. Matthew Lofthouse put in some amazing tackles; its not often you associate a prop with the speed and agility for chop tackles. In the middle of the second half, the power running of Trigg was clearly and focus of the glads defence, and as they put 2 men on him to stop his momentum, Jack threw a greah offload for Ben Brown to make space on the outside and take the ball into the 22. A cute little chip and chase over the fullback was inches from being perfect, with the covering defender diving on the ball before spilling it. This allowed Jordan Quaite to gather the loose ball and race the final 10m to the line, but he fell agonisingly short as the Swansea fullback recovered to make the tackle. Brown was far too slow off the floor to secure the ruck and the ball was turned over and cleared. 2nd game back after 10 months out? No excuses, Mr Brown - get out of the kitchen and back on the tredmill.
As legs began to tire, the Glads scored two well worked tries out wide, one of which was converted. This was not the end of play, as the kick off went into touch off a glads hand. Roy Wilkinson using all of his experience took the quick line out to Carpenter who weaved his way over the Glads line to score his 2nd of the season, with the reliable boot of Paul Scott seeing the extra's added.
It was a great game as usual, which saw Ryan Price get man of the match, with 2 d**k of the days - Iestyn Tango for Making a clean line break, then laughing that he skinned Chris Smythe, then falling flat on his face while under no pressure, ad Jordan Quaite, who referred to one of the Swansea players as a 'Jack B*****d'. Now, I'm just a humble Englishman, so someone will have to explain why that is bad over a beer or 5 later on in the week.
Congratulations also to Roy Wilkinson, Will Slocombe and Paul Scott who achieved their 25th caps in this game. We go again on the 26th October against Walcott Warriors.
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