Ten years ago

By Moorsman
May 23 2020

Here's the article I wrote 10 years ago

The Final - Part 2
Final Part
Second half
a game with 4 halves!

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Half-time score - Bristol 6 Chiefs 9


No sooner have we recovered from last Wednesday's game, when the next one looms ever closer.  The second Final match will also take place infront of a capacity crowd, this time at the Memorial Stadium.  The away Tribe will be there in significant numbers with voices charged and ready to cheer the Chiefs on.  They may not be able to match the volume of sound produced at Sandy Park for the first match but the majority of noisy and most passionate supporters will be there.  The Bristol fans will be pumping up the volume in support of their team but the Chiefs players will look to feed off this energy as well as that from their own fans.  

Both sides will be looking to build on the first match and find a way through what were two solid defensive performances.  DVD's will have been studied in the finest detail and training ground moves honed to perfection.  I'm presuming we have the same 3rd team in charge and the ref's interpretation will have been taken on board.  It's very rare to get back to back games under 'normal' circumstances let alone where the result means so much.  This will test both coaches and players abilities and the team that has the most effective game plan should come out as the winner.  However there's just the matter of nerves and tension to contend with.  There's one Chiefs player who should have a little less on his mind this week, that's Tommy Hayes who's wife gave birth to a boy on Friday.  The Chiefs will also have had chance to work on the back three who played together for the first time last wednesday.

So what sort of match can we look forward to?  I guess it will be as full of passion as the first match and may well have the same close outcome.  As long as this ends with a 1 point advantage to either side we can avoid going to a penalty shoot out.

The weather forcast (figures from Metcheck UK) doesn't look too bad although some light rain may make for a greasy surface and slippery ball.

Time Temp Rain Wind
19:00 - 21:59 13 °c 1.4 mm E - 4  - 5 mph
22:00 - 0:59 9 °c 3.5 mm ENE - 4  - 5 mph

For me it's going to be a narrow Chiefs victory to bring Premiership rugby to Devon for the first time.

Come On You Chiefs...

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Ten years ago
Posted by: thechiefstribe.com (IP Logged)
Date: 23/05/2020 10:48

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Re: Ten years ago
Posted by: loadofeathers (IP Logged)
Date: 23/05/2020 11:33

Weather forecast! Don’t think I have ever been so wet on the outside. But my word what a night in Bristol!!!!

Re: Ten years ago
Posted by: fisher (IP Logged)
Date: 23/05/2020 11:44

Like LoF I dont think I have ever got so wet at a match as that then proceeded to attempt to get as wet on the inside over a period of a few hours! What a great memory to have for those that were there I shall never forget it as I think that was the first time I ever cried after a game ! What a prat !

Re: Ten years ago
Posted by: Chief caps (IP Logged)
Date: 23/05/2020 11:50

and the party afterwards at SP was awesome. i think i went home at 5am.

Re: Ten years ago
Posted by: Lowerwatha (IP Logged)
Date: 24/05/2020 10:48

Really good article in TRP this morning on the Chiefs 10th Anniversary of winning the play off to get promotion with comments from Rob Baxter and Tommy Hayes. Also has a player by player feature on where they are now for the match day 23.

Re: Ten years ago
Posted by: Jehovas Sandals (IP Logged)
Date: 24/05/2020 11:21

Chief caps
and the party afterwards at SP was awesome. i think i went home at 5am.

Early night for you then CC lol!

I drink and forget stuff!

Re: Ten years ago
Posted by: ExTeddChief (IP Logged)
Date: 24/05/2020 14:31

That tie can pretty much be summed up by the line a guy in the Sandy Park toilets came out with “all the big boys, they’re coming here...” certainly didn’t expect the following ten years to be as good as they have been...I can probably speak for most Chiefs fans back then in saying that we were expecting a massive reality check.

Re: Ten years ago
Posted by: Lowerwatha (IP Logged)
Date: 24/05/2020 18:12

I had only seen the Chiefs play once prior to their promotion, a game against London Welsh at Old Deer Park on a visit to London and unable to find a Premiership game to watch.
I can remember buying a paper in Morrisons in Tavistock and reading that Chiefs has beaten Bristol to get promotion. My wife and I bought Club 1905 season tickets thinking, like all the so called experts that it would only be for 1 season as we were sure to be relegated!
We spent 8 very happy years watching every home game and visiting every Premiership ground and the finals at HQ.
Unfortunately we had to give up our great seats in the West Grandstand when we moved to Bedfordshire.
Hopefully when this debacle is over we will get to some away games near us and hopefully get down to SP!

Re: Ten years ago
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Date: 26/05/2020 10:37

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