Chinnor undone by poor refereeing decisions

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Chinnor lost their first back-to-back fixtures of the season as they controversially went down to Hartpury College 22-8.

Coach Jason Bowers said he wanted his side to be more ‘street wise’ after the 44-14 defeat to Redruth but it was a series of poor decisions which left Chinnor bemused.

Hartpury started brightly and took advantage of a dropped ball from a high kick to send Alex Dancer over.

But then the officials began to play a decisive role.

James Cathcart struck a seemingly good penalty but bizarrely it was not awarded despite sailing between the posts.

With Chinnor battling to keep Hartpury out things boiled over with Chinnor captain Joe Winpenny being on the receiving end of a blatant punch.

Despite hitting the deck, the referee gave both Winpenny and the Hartpury player yellow cards.

The sin binning served to wind Chinnor up and they used their anger to send over tight head Andy Berry after a series of rucks to take an 8-5 lead in at the break.

Hartpury came out fired up and quickly found their gear touching down moments after the break to take the lead.

Chinnor began to struggle as the students went through the phases and two tries in quick succession for winger Ian Clark put the game beyond the home side.

However, again there were gripes with the first of the tries as three clear forward passes were made.

The referee was even advised by his touch judge of the last pass being illegal however no decision was taken.

Chinnor (6th) now travel to Dings Crusaders (9th) today (kick-off 2.30pm) looking to rediscover some form.