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RUGBY: Ton up for Lyons as Chippenham succeed
9:00am Friday 13th September 2013 in Sport
HEAD coach Danny Thomas paid tribute to Chippenham captain Bobby Lyons after the back row celebrated his 100th consecutive game in last weekend’s opening National Three South West win over Old Centralians at Allington Field.
Lyons reached the landmark as wing Matt Rhodes bagged a brace of tries, Frazer Clilverd and full-back Dom Riccio also touching down for the bonus point against the Gloucester side.
Thomas, who took over this summer, said: “It’s huge and a testament to him (Lyons) to keep getting selected.
“He shows that with his attitude and he keeps himself very fit.
“He’s done it (been captain) for a number of years and he’s been playing well and getting selected.’’ The home side fielded a slightly changed team with a mixture of established and new players and were missing a number who were unavailable.
They suffered an early blow as Centralians pressure resulted in Clilverd being shown the first of the game’s three yellow cards.
When a lineout splintered, Cents’ prop Sam Preece touched down for an unconverted try.
Chippenham hit back when Riccio gathered a clearance, threw a cut-out pass to Rupert Crockett who found winger Rhodes on the outside to touch down, Harry Taylor converting.
A second try came when Clilverd crashed over.
The second half nearly brought a try for Lyons, but Chippenham missed out on numerous chances to extend the lead.
Cents freed scrum-half James Knight to jink his way under the posts, Connor Gwilliam adding the conversion to level the scores.
The introduction of Aaron Clarke added some beef into Chippenham’s attacks and Cents’ number eight Rich Pinkney was sin-binned.
A fine pass from Lewis Surry gave Rhodes the space to score his second before Garry Champion was shown a yellow card.
From a lineout, the visitors moved the ball blindside and winger Matt Humphries touched down to level again.
But in the last couple of minutes, quick hands and a forceful run by Riccio saw him crash over the line for the winning try and additional bonus point.
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