Saturday 14th January 2012 Chippenham Away
On a very cold but bright January day the Quins made the trip to Wiltshire to take on Chpppenham.
For the first 10 minutes of the game the Quins dominated territorially but on Chipplenhams first visit to the Quins 22 they secured a penalty which they converted to take the lead 3-0.
The Quins hit back almost immediately with the score of the game. From a ruck on their ten yard line the ball was fed out to No 10 Andy Noyce. A very clever inside flip pass put centre Martin Nutt into space and his pace & power took him through the gap. Andy Noyce followed Nutty’s run and took the return pass to break into space and head for the Chippenham 22. Scrum half Jack Cousens was there to carry the move on before spinning a pass out to supporting flanker Sione Viamounga who crossed in the corner. Martin Nutt converted from the touch line and the Quins were leading 3-7.
Only 16 minutes had passed when Chippenham retook the lead. The Quins made a right hash of a passing move consecutive passes going to ground. Chippenham were not slow to pounced on the error. Two passes saw the Chippenham centre trot over close to the posts to make the conversion a formality. 10-7 to Chippenham.
Things could have been worse when Chippenham created a clear cut chance after 21 minutes. They broke through the centre and only a terrible final pass saved the Quins from conceding again.
The Quins battled manfully and were rewarded with pressure deep in the Chippenham 22 close to half time. Despite battering away at the Chippenham try line they were kept at bay and had to settle for a penalty to level the scores at 10 each.
The penalty was Joey Todd,s first touch of the ball as he had just come on to replace the injured Harry Warman
HT: Chippenham 10 pts Oxford Harlequins 10 pts
It all augered well for an absorbing second half but the Quins just did not turn up for the second half at all shipping 22 points to nil.
Chippenham were soon on the attack and a fine outside break on the right from their centre saw the scoring pass taken for an unconverted try wide out on the right. 15-10 to Chippenham.
The Quins substituted prop Simon Chadbone for Jonathan Hall.
Mistakes were creeping into the Quins game and a kick straight out on the full saw the line out brought back to just outside the Quins 22. A terrific line out drive from Chippenham saw them get close to the Quins line and from the resultant ruck they forced their way over for another try this time converted. The score was now 20-10 and the points difference getting bigger.
There was 20 minutes to go when the Quins replaced flanker Julian Watkins with Raman Farahani. Sadly 5 minutes later Raman was binned for killing the ball.
Chippenham were totally controlling the game now. They went further ahead after good passing and pick and driving saw them run the ball wide left and the Quins ran out of cover. A good conversion added the extras.
A somewhat dubious line out throw from Chippenham led to their final try. The hooker was about a yard onto the pitch when he threw the ball into the line out and then received a quick pass back to him to scamper over in the corner for an unconverted try. This made the final score 32-10 to Chippenham.
There was still time for two players – one from each side to be binned for fighting and then right on the final whistle centre Martin Nut was binned for flattening his opponent with a crunching tackle.
We were in the game for the first half but absolutely terrible in the second half. No heart or spirit or leadership. We were not savvy with our game management constantly putting ourselves under pressure in the wrong areas of the pitch and we do not seem to have a game plan.
Man of the Match: Will Clayton
RESULT: Chippenham 32 pts Oxford Harlequins 10 pts
Report By Owen Smith