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Match Report : OPRFC 46-26 Chobham

Match Report : OPRFC 46-26 Chobham

James Sarek19 Nov 2023 - 18:31
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Twisters bounce back with confident win

Old Priorians atoned for back to back defeats with a professional perfomance away to Chobham, scoring seven tries in an entertaining Regional 2 Thames fixture at Fowlers Wells.

Chobham - new to Regional 2 Thames this season - started very well on home turf and gained good field position from kick off and were in the OPs 22. After some toing and froing with possession, Chobham eventually crossed the line after around ten minutes of play through centre Samuel Davies following a scrum, converting his own effort for a 7-0 lead.

It didn't take long for the Twisters to get back in the game, as Chobham conceded a penalty just outside their 22 minutes later, allowing Will Taylor to put three between the sticks to take him to the 100 point mark for the season (15'). The team then asserted themselves further with a try for Cathal Sheehan from a coast to coast move, Taylor unable to follow it up with two more but OPs now ahead 8-7 just before the end of the first quarter.

The visitors then looked the more lively, putting Chobham on the back foot but unable to add another quick score. A 50:22 kick from Taylor on 27 minutes meant a lineout on their own throw, which was retained, the ball heading into the back line and Jack Wheeler the one to cross the line near the posts, Taylor making sure this time and the lead now 15:7 as half an hour approached.

Chobham reorganised and after good defensive work, then made their way upfield, aided by a penatly towards halfway which they were then able to kick deep. The ensuing maul put them over in the corner, remaining unconverted yet the gap was narrowed to three points with three minutes of the half left.

They were then given a taste of their own medicine as OPs were able to score a try through the same means, hooker Ben Ridley the one to touch down. Taylor's successful kick sounded half time with the score at 22-12.

A good break from Joshua early on in the second half proved to be the catalyst for David Howe's first try of the season, receiving a pass and putting it down near the posts. Extras added and with a bonus point secured, the Twisters moved into a comfortable position at 29:12 with more than 35 minutes left on the clock.

That soon became 36:12, Sheehan securing his brace (46') as Joshua made another break to make the difference and produce two assists on his first start for OPRFC. Perhaps beginning to feel bullish about racking up more points, Chobham did well to hold off the threat and the match lulled into a slightly more placid pattern of play towards the hour.

That all changed with the awarding of a penalty try to Chobham as the game advance into the final quarter, Taylor punished with a yellow card in the process. This proved to be no deterrent in the OPs search for more line, keeping it tight, holding possession well and exacting patience to replicate the rolling maul move from the first half, Mishka Fibbens the one to come up with the ball. With Taylor still off the pitch, Michael Jobling took over kicking duties but couldn't land his shot at goal, 41-19 the score after 70 minutes.

Having served his time, Taylor reentered the pitch and the finest score of the afternoon came five minutes later ; a tricky crossfield kick fell into the arms of winger Joshua, who had to reach high into the air to receive the ball, somehow evading two defenders in the process and going over the line to cap an excellent individual and team performance. No further points added for OPs at 46-19.

A Chobham tap and go as the final whistle approached yielded a try bonus point, breaking through the centre and going in under the posts (converted) to round off the afternoon's play, the full time score 46-26.

Old Priorians will be delighted to travel back to West London with all five points in a classy and controlled performance against a more than decent opposition, with the offensive efforts particuarly pleasing .

There is now a two week break in the playing schedule before the Twisters return to action against their old adversaries H.A.C.

OPRFC Scorers

T : Sheehan 2, Wheeler, Ridley, Howe, Fibbens, Joshua

C : Taylor 4

P : Taylor

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