Chiefs 2ndXV celebrated the final game of the season with an eight-try bonanza of free-running rugby. It was a game which had no significance in terms of league positions; Wellington sixth and Chard already relegated, but a large crowd gathered to enjoy seeing some free-flowing rugby.
The first half saw Wellington dominate possession, but handling errors, no doubt a symptom of the fact that it was the day after the club dinner meant it was a stop start affair.
After twenty minutes the forwards exerted pressure in the corner before Ben Hayman dived over. Ricky Marke converted from wide out.
Chard came back into the game, and following their best period of play, were rewarded with a penalty which they converted. Marke soon stepped up to kick a penalty of his own to restore the seven point lead.
As the game wore on Wellingtons backs started to put together some handling moves, and just before half time Will Brewer stepped his way through the defensive line to score under the posts for Marke to convert.
The second half saw Wellington’s superior fitness come to the fore as they ran in six more tries. Alex Davey showed good pace for his two both scored from distance, Ben Hayman grabbed himself a second. Dan Smythe Moore whose work rate was phenomenal as usual threw an outrageous dummy to wrong foot the defence. Leigh Cash who has been an ever present for the twos this year got onto the end of a flowing move, and rather appropriately, club Captain Micky Norman scored with the last play of the season in front of the home support in club house corner. Between them Marke and Tom Hawkings converted four to bring the total to 55 – 3. An enjoyable end to a season where it has been difficult to field a settled side but skipper Dave Turney and the team have made the absolute best of the resources available to them to finish a very credible sixth in the league.
The photo is of Club Person of the year, Dave Turney leading out his troops as he has done all season….from the front.
Match report: Miike Brewer