Goode dedicates Chinnor comeback win to club stalwart Wood

Chinnor player Tom Wood, who passed away earlier this month, in action for the club. Saturday's victory against Cambridge was dedicated to Mr Wood.
Chinnor player Tom Wood, who passed away earlier this month, in action for the club. Saturday's victory against Cambridge was dedicated to Mr Wood.
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Chinnor’s joint director of rugby Matt Goode dedicated his side’s 40-17 victory over Cambridge at the weekend to club stalwart Tom Wood who passed away earlier this month.

Although the Oxfordshire club were trailing 17-10 at the break, they scored 30 unanswered points in the second half with two tries from Goode, as well as other scores from Joe Marston, and also Oscar Hirskyj-Douglas in the first half.

Will Millett also kicked four conversions and four goals for the hosts in a match which Goode described as ‘a tale of two halves.’

He said: “Although we played well in the first half individual mistakes were costing us and we needed to up the intensity.

“We knew if we kept plugging away and put them under pressure they would be likely to concede penalties and that’s what happened.

“We got more of the ball, used it wisely and as they started to tire we took advantage and ran out convincing winners in the end.”

Chinnor are next in action in the SSE National League Two South tomorrow (Saturday) when they visit the Cornish All Blacks (kick-off 2.30pm).

Although the All Blacks sit in 11th place in the table, Goode said they were a better side than their league position suggested.

He said: “The All Blacks are a very good side and in this league it is proving difficult to win on the road.

“We did play well against them last year and if we can repeat our performance against Cambridge I am confident that we can cause them problems.

“Our injury list is reducing all the time and we also have Dan Barnes, who is on loan from Wasps back with us.

“On the injury front Ian Stock and Tristan Corpe are in the frame for some involvement which is also good news.”