Chew Valley lose to Truro in rugby's South West Intermediate Cup semi final

By Andrew Tanner in Rugby

Truro will travel to Swanage and Wareham for the South West Intermediate Cup Final after shading an absorbing contest at Lobbngtons.

In a game dominated by defence both sides had the possession to secure the win but their respective defences held out under extreme pressure.

As it was the Tidball clan claimed the crucial scores to see their team progress. No 8 Jack scored off a 5 metre scrum after 10 minutes when the visitors were in the ascendancy Outside half Ashley Hoskins converted but the lead was short lived as Chew Valley replied with a Tom Bryan try on their first visit to the opposition 22. Centre Joe Cowell converted and that was the way it stayed until half time.

Truro could have been clear and away but they spurned four shots at goal  and a host of opportunities close to the line as they had the lions share of possession with the wind at their backs.

The Chew Valley lineout stuttered all afternoon and it was a mistake in this area that proved crucial, slapped backwards the ball was hacked through and after the hosts were forced to ground the ball over the line, a five metre scrum gave possession to Truro and Luke Tidball, on at fullback was on the end of a flowing move to cross in the corner. Hoskins converted but from then on it was mostly Chew Valley.

However defence reigned supreme in a reverse of the first half. Truro weathered the Chew Valley storm as they were pinned in their own 22 for long periods. Losing tight head Ollie Seagrave to the bin, followed shortly afterwards by flanker Ashley Richards, should have seen Chew Valley clear but they could not turn their advantage info the crucial score to take the game into extra time.

With most of the first XV away skiing for the next round Chew Valley reflect on what might have been and can now look forward to concentrating on the league, there is always next year!

Chew Valley 7- 14 Truro

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