Try and Try and Try again
November 7 2017
ExTeddChief gives his take on Chiefs victory over Saints
Try, try and try again
With us hopefully having sorted our away form out, doing the business both here and abroad, we have a third competition to enter. We all know where we were when we won the Anglo-Welsh Cup back in 2014 on our turf(me, I was at a family birthday party in Somerset unable to watch the match). One year later, I was drinking beer out of a champions cup at Franklin’s Gardens, watching us hand that trophy over to Saracens.
Otter tastes better in a champions cup than whatever they were serving in Northampton that day. My mental health may have been out of whack the last couple of years but the Chiefs have proven to be a reliable anti-depressant and while the Anglo-Welsh Cup group stages are a bit of a farce and the teamsheets in this competition usually have a rough and ready look to them, both Chiefs and Saints lineups were looking pretty impressive.
This was my first solo trip to Sandy Park this season. My grandfather stopped going a couple of seasons back and usually I wind up in ETS nowadays with either my Dad or uncle in tow. Not today though…but when I took my place, it seemed they were hardly the only ones who had given this a miss. I overheard a few snarks about season ticket holders being responsible for the empty spaces and we’ve all heard the debate about ticket prices.
Well the Saints may have kicked off but the ball was soon down our way and it was pretty clear that a Chiefs try was imminent…even more so if you leave Shorty a load of space that close to the tryline, Joe converted. After that…well I wasn’t not quite sure what happened, we seemed to repel an initial attack only for the Saints to go over the line a moment later, George Furbank took the credit, Stephen Myler converted.
The next Chiefs raid got punctuated with a couple of injury breaks and fingers crossed to the players on both sides involved there. Chiefs tries to eventually happened though, at the far end. First up was a drive over the line with new guy Toby Salmon being the one to touch down. Slightly too tough for Joe though. A later charge down that corner saw me yell too soon initially but we did cross the line in the end, Joe converted, 19-7 Chiefs.
Again though, this Saints lineup were not mugs and gave our defence another test, and again they cracked, Tom Stephenson got the try, Myler got the conversion.
Our move. A new number 6, guy in a red cap, ran down our corner to introduce himself to us. His name turned out to be James Freeman. A Saints defender tried to challenge him and got shoved out the way. WBP Chiefs. That was more than enough for my liking but Elvis made it five before half time anyway.
After that, well, the job was pretty much done, work my way through a second-half Otter and chill. Another new guy Tom O’Flahtery got try number 6 for the Chiefs up the other end and Salmon got his second not long after that.
Game over. Or was it? This was a Saints team that was always going to cause problems and twice before the end they seemed to come out of nowhere to get themselves a try. In both cases the guy kicking was James Grayson, who turned out to be Paul Grayson’s kid.
The ball got booted out in my direction and luckily landed on the roof. Now it was game over. It had been a game with a bit of a weird atmosphere, not much noise from any Saints fans and defensively the Chiefs could have been better but still…another match at Sandy Park this season, another win.
Till next time.
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