Chiefs outplay bogy side Paignton in the mud


The Chiefs have had a number of disappointing performances this season, but when they have been good, they have been very good, and on Saturday against bogy team Paignton they were excellent. They defied the muddy conditions to score some top class tries playing skilful fifteen man rugby.

The first score came after just two minutes, when Dukes man-of-the-match Glenn Channing fielded a clearance kick inside his own half and started a handling move, which went to the left and then right before Alva Senderayi applied the finishing touch. Tom Whelan added the conversion.

Channing scored the second try after 15 minutes. Ollie Pyne made the running with a typical surging burst before setting up a ruck deep inside the Paignton 22. When the ball was recycled, the inside centre ran a good angle to wrong-foot the defence and cross near the posts. Again Whelan converted.

Straight from the restart kick Jack Pyne and Alva Senderayi combined with powerful runs to put the Chiefs back on the attack. Ollie Pyne broke from the back of a lineout before Glenn Channing made a half break to set up Tom Whelan for a try, which he converted.

When the Chiefs turned over possession just inside their own half, the Pyne brothers combined up the blindside before the ball was switched to the backs. Quick, accurate handling put Chris Higgs in space and he outpaced the cover to touchdown the bonus point fourth try. Tom Whelan made it four out of four conversions.

Paignton, who had been inactive for a month due to the weather, eventually shook off the rust and for 15 minutes either side of halftime they competed strongly, but rarely threatened the Sidmouth line.

As the game progressed, the pitch began to resemble a paddy field, making constructive rugby difficult. With the Chiefs pack gaining the upper hand, they finished strongly. Midway through the half Tom Whelan dummied his way over from a ruck near the line after a period of sustained pressure. The try was unconverted. Then, with ten minute to go, a Paignton knock on went straight into the hands of Ollie Pyne. The number eight shrugged off three would be tacklers on his way to the line. Tom Whelan kicked the conversion and a late penalty to complete the scoring.

The win lifts the Chiefs into the top half of the table and ten points clear of the relegation zone.