The Colts had a nervous start against against Chesham this afternoon, with the kickoff going astray and the resulting scrum going the way of Chesham resulting in a penalty to Chesham. What followed was a very scrappy 7 minutes of play with Park giving up several penalties ultimately resulting in Chesham crossing for the 1st try of the game around the 8 minute mark. Unsurprising perhaps, given that this was the same side that trounced the Colts 5 weeks previously with a 71-12 result.
However, Park were having none of it and pulled together with every man on the field doing his job resulting in Chesham being starved of the ball and the few times they did get the ball being forced into making rushed decisions. With Park’s pack completely dominating in the scrum and retaining ball at almost every breakdown of play through multiple phases the pressure eventually paid off with Ryan Bull picking up off the back of the pack and getting past 3 defenders to touchdown for Park’s 1st of the day.
Chesham’s 10, our nemesis in the previous game, and the rest of their backs had a busy few minutes with Park’s forwards retaining possession through several phases and then trying to go wide. Chesham were fairly effective in disrupting Park’s back attack but with the pack in the mood for a contest up front possession was retained at each breakdown. Park continued to release wave after wave of attack with Louis Palmer eventually breaking around the outside and then coming back inside to beat several defenders to cross under the posts for Park’s next points.
With Park in the lead 12-5 at the change Chesham looked to the lineout and disrupted Park several times in this area, crossing once at the start of the half. Chesham were not consistent enough to create an issue for Park at the lineout and continued dominance in the scrum and at the breakdown from Park kept Chesham pegged back. It was Sam Tenny in the forwards that crossed for Park’s last of the day after some great phases of play from both the forwards and backs.
The huge effort put in by the pack perhaps started to tell around 8 minutes from the end with Chesham gaining the occasional upper hand in the breakdown. Chesham were quick to use this as a platform to launch several attacks at Park and tried to get around the outside getting into Park’s 25 on a few occasions. Park however maintained their composure and dug in to weather the attack with honours going to Park 19-10 at the close.
A very entertaining game that was a hard fought contest by both teams with impressive play by both backs and forwards from Park.
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