Chinnor left to rue ‘naive’ first half performance during Hartpury defeat

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Chinnor joint director of rugby Matt Goode was left to reflect on what he described as a ‘naive’ first-half performance as his side lost 47-39 to Hartpury College in the SSE National League Two South.

In a classic game of two halves, Chinnor found themselves 40-13 down just after the break, however despite scoring 20 points during 10 second-half minutes they were unable to complete the comeback.

Director of rugby Goode admitted that some of his side’s play in the first half was naive.

He said: “During the first period we gave them too much space and too much of the ball. We rather played into their hands at times because we were trying to play territory but they were strong on the counter.

“We changed things around at half-time, kept the ball better in the second half, played the phases and that’s how we did the damage.”

Goode added that had his side’s momentum not been halted at key times during the second period they could easily have won the match.

He said: “There was one key decision in the second half that I think the referee got wrong. He gave a forward pass, which we felt shouldn’t have been given and if we had scored that try I think we would have won the game.

“Also, if the game had gone on for another 10 minutes I think we would have got the victory. That’s what is most annoying for me, it’s that we could and should have won the game.”

Goode added that his side would look at their tactics ahead of their next match away to Ampthill & District on Saturday as they seek to avoid a third loss in a row.

He said: “We know that Ampthill have a heavy pack and a good rolling maul so we have modified our training this week to prepare for that game. We also know they have a winger who is particularly good form so we are very wary of him.

“I am confident that if we play like we did in the second half last week then we can get the win this Saturday.”