Mon 09 Oct 2017 09:11 AM

Falmouth RFC picked up a losing bonus point away at Chard after a hotly contested match that ended 24-21.

Tries from Tim Gay and Seb Firth almost completed the comeback for the eagles however Chard proved too strong on the day.

The Eagles stay in 7th in the Tribute Western Counties West league having lost the tie.

Director of rugby Graham Whitmore said: “The tolerance for errors is much more acute in this league and although we continually speak of the need for super discipline in our defensive game, unfortunately we gifted Chard with opportunities which were capitalised upon.

“However there is terrific resilience in our side and I believe we controlled the possession for large parts of the game.”

Chard had the early pressure and scored in the 5th minute Through Warren Lewis, after several phases the forward crashed through the defence and Charlie Roberts converted to make it 7-0.

Chard doubled their lead 10 minutes later in almost identical fashion, this time Max Godson going over the line and Roberts converted yet again.

It was soon Falmouth’s turn to apply the pressure after some well executed forward work, Trevellyan Ward passed into Gay who ploughed through the Chard defence just under the posts, making it easy for Justyn Irons to convert to make it 14-7.

The Eagles added three more points in the 35th minute after Chard were penalised at the ruck, and Irons converted to bring the scores to 14-10.

Chard added three more points from in front of the posts just before the break to extend their lead to 17-10.

Falmouth looked renewed after half time and brought the score difference back to just four after Irons converted a penalty from just right of the posts.

However Chard added their third try of the game after a Chard forward broke the line, Thomas Edmonds halted the attack for a brief second before Roberts picked from the ruck and dived over the line to score before he too converted the try meaning the scores read 24-13.

But the away side showed courage and were rewarded in the 64th minute with a penalty to make it 24-16.

The Eagles looked dangerous and their hard work paid off in the 75th minute when Firth ran through in the right corner after some quick passing through the backs. Irons missed the conversion meaning the score read 24-21

Chard had a late penalty, however could not convert meaning that after a tight contest the scored stayed at 24-21.

Man of the match: Thomas Simmons.


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