Chinnor 14 v 38 1881


A change in venue saw the 1881’s travel to Chinnor for this double points league fixture, instead of it being our home fixture.
Ampthill kicked off in very windy and wet conditions and it was Chinnor who started strongest dominating possession and scoring a good try through their backs after 10 minutes. A quick reply from the 1881’s saw Aleki Lutui finish off a tap and go penalty wide out on the left flank and Liam Everitt slot the additional points for 7 – 7 after 15minutes. Chinnor responded well with good movement of the ball and another converted try for 14 – 7.
A carbon copy of the first try saw Sam Stirling, this time, finish a lineout and driving maul for 14 all and Ampthills domination of the game then commenced. Some biblical weather conditions for the end of the first half saw Lutui finish the half with another try and the score 14 – 19 to the A’s.
The second half started with a number of missed try scoring opportunities for the A’s but given the conditions field position and maintaining the lead was the objective. The forwards enjoyed a good afternoon, including the replacements, not only at the scrum but also in the lineout with Ali Gibbs having one of his best games. It took 20 minutes though of the second half before the scoreboard moved on with flanker Archie Barrett finishing off another maul for 14 – 26 and then prop Griff Phillipson for 14 – 33 and the points in the bag.
The last play of the game and fly half Everitt pops up wide on the left wing to finish a move through the backs to score in the corner and a final score of 14 – 38 to Ampthill 1881’s.
So a good afternoon for the team and a pleasing result battled out in tough conditions with 13 players in the match day squad of 20 being either current or ex-Academy boys. Man of the Match, a solid and inspiring game from the ever reliable Aleki Lutui.
Next week the 1881’s are away to Richmond Saxons in a very important game and following their, perhaps, surprising win away at Roslyn Park yesterday.

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