Bowditch try hat-trick as Chard U14s bag cup win at Weston-super-Mare

PUBLISHED: 13:15 22 November 2018

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Chard Under-14s were 33-15 winners when they took on Weston-super-Mare in the Somerset Junior Cup, writes Gavin Smillie.

Chard, taking on a team with a good reputation, never looked seriously troubled by their opponents, playing with fierce determination and Warren Bowditch scored an early try, the first of a hat-trick, cutting through Weston’s defence to put the visitors ahead. Ethan Underhill, Chard’s full-back and place-kicker, took the score to 7-0 with a successful conversion.

Weston’s restart led to a second try from Warren, who cut through their defence and then ran the ball right in underneath the posts. Ethan Underhill again slotted the ball cleanly through the goal posts to make the score 14-0.

The third try was a whole team effort as Chard forced their way down the pitch with phase after phase of hard won ball at the ruck and well worked support and off-loads. Jamie Chapman was the scorer of try number three sent Chard into half-time with a 19-0 lead.

Weston had clearly been given a team talk and started the second half well, scoring an unconverted try.

Chard restarted and put the Weston defence under intense pressure. Their inability to take the ball clearly led to Warren Bowditch scoring his third try from the chased down restart.

Young Underhill made his third clean conversion look easy and the score was now 26-5.

Weston’s restart was taken from the air by Kelson Barros who ran the length of the pitch dodging, weaving and stepping around Weston’s defence.

It was a master-class not only in footwork, but in making something out of nothing. Ethan Underhill converted Chard’s fifth and final try of the match to make it 33-2.

To their credit, Weston fought to the end and the last 15 or so minutes of the match rewarded them with two unconverted tries.

They camped down at Chard’s end of the pitch, but the Chard defence was resilient. But under such intense attack Weston were able to break the line twice.

This Chard win, shows just what the young team is able to achieve by supporting each other.

They provided the supporting parents with a win well worth watching.

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