History boys cruise to stunning cup victory

Photo: Peter Matthews
Photo: Peter Matthews

CHINNOR’S veterans cruised to an astonishing 87-7 win in the final of the Oxfordshire Vets Floodlit Cup.

A record-breaking night at Iffley Road, the famous Oxford University ground, saw a consummate Chinnor performance dispatch Harwell with a pitiless display of power and skill.

The team was orchestrated and led by a sublime Conor Begley whose personal total of 42 points was more than Chinnor had conceded in the whole tournament.

Four tries and 11 conversions put Begley’s into the pantheon of great performances which have graced this historic ground, joining legends such as Prince Oblensky and New Zealand’s World cup winning Captain David Kirk.

Chinnor started the game with a bang determined to make it three in a row.

Harwell simply could not match the power of Chinnor’s pack and good fast first phase ball was won in abundance from the well drilled lineout working to perfection with Mike Wiltshire, Andy Milburn and Smudge dominating this phase. But when the ball reached the midfield of Brooks, Begley and Oxley, sounding like a firm of provincial accountants, Chinnor really upped the pressure. Direct, powerful running, good sleight of hand and deft offloads either led to searing breaks or sucked in the defence to open large gaps for the flying back three.

Chinnor’s first try scored by number 8 Simon Pearson came after a Begley break.

Begley then scored his first try as he ghosted through the defence to scorch over under the posts. Chinnor launched attacks from deep in their half and after a good break and offload from Oxley Gavin Wade Williams scorched in from 75 metres.

There was no respite for Harwell, however, as Nick Gyss showed his silky running skills, peppered with the odd gallic expletive which had some perplexed Oxford language students reaching for the phrase book.

This was to bring Nick three tries. Matthews replaced an injured Kidner and Youens was on for Williams.