Chew Valley take bonus point in Western Counties North rugby against Coney Hill

By Andrew Tanner in Rugby

Chew Valley achieved the bonus point win they needed to keep up the pressure for honours at the business end of the season in Western Counties North despite being disrupted by the loss in the warm up of influencial tight head Jonny Eves to a tear in a hamstring he didn’t know he had.

Coney Hil arrived with a limited game plan based on the carrying abilities of No 8 Andy McCray and centre come prop Craig Backurzewski. The visitors were undone by the variation in the Chew Valley game which saw them dominant early on with the driving maul and with the ball in hand off first phase they were accurate.

A training ground ploy led to a try on 5 minutes for full back Tom Bryan and his quick penalty on 20 minutes gave the hosts a two score advantage, both of which he converted.

An arching run from centre Joe Cowell bamboozled the defence and outside half Dan Gatton scored from a ruck as Cowell was held up short just before half time. The try bonus point came just after the restart as a towering up and under from Bryan was lost in the sun by the Coney Hill fullback Joe Hanton, he was caught by Centre Charles Shallcross who stole the ball and put Cowell in for a try converted by Bryan.

Backurzewski was on the end of a series of pick and drive moves close in for a try but the absence of a kicker amongst the visitors did not help their cause.

Another up and under put the hapless Hanton under pressure and this time Shallcross was the beneficiary as Cowell snaffled the ball from the fullbacks fumble.

Prop Charles Hoare rumbled over for the second Coney Hill try as they kept to plan A and although they strived to salvage a try bonus point by running from deep, the stiffling Chew Valley defence held firm and Shallcross grabbed his second as further good work by the pack in the tight provided front foot ball for the backs to work on.

Chew Valley 38 Coney Hill 10

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