Injury halts Chinnor match in controversial manner

Chinnor's match was postponed in unusual circumstances
Chinnor's match was postponed in unusual circumstances

CHINNOR’S game against promotion rivals Redingensians was halted halfway through under controversial circumstances following a serious injury to winger Ken Prinsloo.

Chinnor were leading 17-5 with 58 minutes gone when South African Prinsloo was double-tacked and suffered a simultaneous broken leg and dislocated ankle.

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Play was held up for more than 40 minutes until an ambulance arrived and the stricken Chinnor player stretchered off.

During the delay, Chinnor suggested playing on the adjoining pitch, where the two second 15s had just finished playing, but the home officials refused, saying the pitch was too small.

Eventually the referee abandoned the match as the Redingsians pitch does not have floodlights and it was getting dark.

If the game had reached 60 minutes, which was just two minutes away, according to league rules the result could have stood.

Before the interruption, Chinnor were dominating after Redingensians had flanker Michael Clarke sin-binned inside the first five minutes.

Chinnor had taken the lead thanks to a penalty from fly-half James Cathcart and then Liam Gilbert crossed the line to score during heavy Chinnor pressure.

Redingensians replied before the half-hour mark but Chinnor full-back Henry Colver fed flanker Nick Harrison who touched down.

Cathcart converted to make the score 17-5 which it remained before Prinsloo, who has been in fine form this season, was injured.

Chinnor intend to challenge the decision so that the results stands to attempt to avoid having to replay the game.

Their cause is strengthened by the fact that allegedly the Redingensians had switched to their secondary pitch the previous home game after a similar incident.

The Thame Gazette hopes Prinsloo, pictured, makes a speedy recovery.