Chinnor take the title in style

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Moseley

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Chinnor

13th April 2024 - 3.00pm

By Jon Meadows

Chinnor travelled to Billesley Common in search of the two points that would see them crowned Champions of National One with a game to play.

It would seem that Moseley had failed to read the script, having the lion’s share of possession for the first 15 minutes, without making much headway. Chinnor were awarded a penalty which they kicked to touch for a lineout about 7 metres out. Thrown to the front the drive was too powerful for the defence, Alun Walker touching down in the right corner, the conversion put wide.

Almost after the restart George Warboys manged to break through from a ruck who passed to Oliver Curry to score. Grant Hughes added another almost immediately with an intercept from close range, Warboys easily converting both scores

If the contest was not already over, it almost certainly was 10 minutes later, another line break the ball was passed to Hughes for his second and the try bonus, before a quick tap & go from a penalty released Warboys for his first try, his kick going through the uprights to bring the first period to a close.

The beginning of the second half was a scrappy affair. Moseley not really making any advantage from a breeze that was now in their favour. Once more Chinnor managed to ghost through the defensive line and with numerical advantage the ball was past to the left wing for Warboys to register his second 5 pointer, unable to follow up with his kick.

A couple of minutes later some slick handling by the visitors was rewarded with William Feeney scoring, Warboys once more successful from the tee.

With things looking like they couldn’t get any worse for the Moseley, Aquile Smith was shown yellow for foul play. However this seemed to galvanise the hosts who made several attacking raids into the visiting territory. Turning down several kickable penalties they opted to kick to touch or tap and goes. Isiah Walton would see yellow for the visitors for interfering at a penalty. With that the game gently petered out.

With RFU representatives in attendance, the trophy was presented to the Champions on the pitch and the celebrations continued long after the final whistle.

Speaking to a trio of Chinnor players afterwards they reflected on a hard but satisfactory season. All that was left was to congratulate them and the rest of the club with best wishes for next year.

Starting XV

Holsey
1
Roach
2
Betts
3
Allen
4
Butler
5
Morris
6
Zindi
7
Safe
8
Jolly
9
Maxwell-Whiteley
10
Egodo
11
Knox
12
Allsopp
13
Smith
14
Pointon
15

Replacements

Foreman
16
McNulty
17
Langley
18
Painter
19
McNulty
20

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