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Chosen Hill Former Pupils
Sat 6 Jan 14:15 - South West Division - Tribute Western Counties North Full time

A game of many cards, but the rugby was great.

....with many of the supporters still munching on their cheese and biscuits, they will have missed the opening try....

Saturday 6 January 2018

Wells 48 – Chosen Hill FP 12.

A great start to the New Year for Wells as they ran in eight tries in this comprehensive victory over Chosen Hill Former Pupils from Gloucester, winning by forty eight points to twelve.

With the Portway Ground unplayable the match was switched to what is hoped will be one day be the Club’s new base at Haybridge and with many of the supporters still munching on their cheese and biscuits, they missed the opening try scored within the first minute by Aaron Cook. In fact those that took an extra bite will have probably also missed the second try which came a few minutes later scored by Lewis Cohen and converted by Aaron Cook.

Unlike their last match before Christmas, Wells this week had virtually a full squad to select from and it showed in their patterns of play. The scrum was utterly dominant, often pushing their visitors off their own ball, the lineout with Lewis Cohen and Ben Knight jumping well saw the backs have plenty of ball. All the forwards carried well getting the whole team on the front foot. It was surprising therefore that the shivering spectators had to wait nearly half and hour for the next score. From a set scrum Wells used the blindside and Marco Hiscox made good ground before Aaron Cook crossed for his second . Next came probably try of the match, Charlie Wilcox received the ball some thirty five metres out. He passed three, or four defenders on his way to the line and with Cook adding another conversion it took Wells to twenty four points when the half time whistle came.

The second period again contained many excellent phases of rugby, but will more probably be remembered for the plethora of cards. Al Payne saw Red after just five minutes when he retaliated to a blatant punch. The instigator got away with a Yellow. Most spectators thought that two Yellows or two Reds would have been fairer. From this point on the game got a bit out of hand, there were a number of off the ball incidents and within minutes a second Chosen Hill player was taking a ten minute break.

Still the rugby was great to watch, both teams played an expansive game, although the next Wells try again came from the set scrum, number eight Callum Stonier breaking from the base to score. Cook again converted and then a great handling move saw Marco Hiscox touch down. A yellow Card for the other Payne brother saw Wells down to thirteen and the visitors took advantage to score the first of their two tries.. A catch and drive by Wells, Lewis Cohen awarded the score, Cook again converts. Back come Chosen Hill with the second and yet another Yellow Card, Zach McLeary had hardly warmed up when he was binned.

The final word went to Jamie Payne, crashing over in the corner in fine style to seal the win and take Wells up to ninth in the league table.

Many thanks are due to Travis Perkins, this weeks lunch sponsors and also Roadhog caterers who prepared and served the excellent meal.

This Saturday it is off to Bath for the First team, to play Oldfield Old Boys, the Second team fresh from their triumph in Minehead take on Yeovil Seconds, whilst the Thirds, who also won last Saturday are themselves off to Minehead.

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# Team Pl Pts
7. Chosen Hill Former Pupils 26 68
8. Stroud 26 68
9. Wells 26 62
10. Cheltenham 26 57
11. Winscombe 26 57
12. Bristol Saracens 26 52
13. Yatton 26 49

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