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RUGBY: Entertainers on the attack again
CHIPPENHAM captain Bobby Lyons thinks that his side’s free-flowing attacking style could lead to his team being involved in even more ‘thrillers’ this season.
Jason Forster’s Allington Field side were edged out 32-29 at second-placed Weston-super-Mare last weekend, seven days after they were involved in another close-run contest, when they lost out 33-31 at the hands of Brixham.
Lyons is proud of the way Chippenham have approached their campaign so far but admits that he’d rather his side weathered a few less thrills and spills as the National League Three South West season continues.
“I think that we may be becoming a little bit renowned for these thrillers and I guess it’s not the worst thing to be known for - I think that I’d rather win a boring game though if I’m honest,” said the Chippenham skipper.
“We had a poor start but really came into the game in the second half and were battering their backs at the end of the game.
“Last week, we had a great start but things fell apart for us, so we just need to try and put those two parts together.
“We’re a young side who play an attacking game and that’s probably why things have gone the way they have so far.”
Weston went 7-0 up after just five minutes and after a second converted try and a penalty, Chippenham were staring down the barrel at 17-0.
Twenty minutes in, Chippenham wing Ryan Surry ran through, with Chris Simmons converting, before Weston scored another converted try.
Christian Novik chased down his own kick to score the visitors’ second try, with Simmons again converting but Weston increased their lead again, with Simmons’ firing a penalty just before the break.
Surry crossed the line for his second try of the game, with Simmons converting once more, but the hosts scored another penalty.
John Boddington claimed Chippenham’s fourth try late in the day to claim a double losing bonus point but Weston had done enough to secure the win.
CALNE were beaten 76-31 by Chippenham’s second string in Dorset & Wilts One North.