RUGBY: Chippenham back on the up

CHIPPENHAM claimed their first win in three matches as they bounced back from a slow start at Allington Field.

The home side found themselves trailing 10-0 in the early stages as Barnstaple got off to a flying start.

Chippenham began to claw their way back into the game and were rewarded after 17 minutes through livewire scrum-half Lewis Surry, with Sam Saunders converting.

They levelled through a try by flanker Aaran Clark following a driving maul.

Barnstaple hit back, following a strike against the head only for Clark to add his second try, a replica of his first.

Saunders slotted a penalty to send the home side into the interval 18-15 to the good.

The second half started as the first ended with Chippenham dominating the forward exchanges.

Gary Champion crossed for a try, Saunders again converting.

The hosts’ leading try-getter Ryan Surry then added to his season’s tally to move clear of his brother in the scoring stakes.

Barnstaple hit back to reduce arrears to 32-20.

As the game opened up with Barnstaple chasing, Bobby Lyons crossed for the first of two tries from deep, with Saunders adding the extras.

Barnstaple scored another try to claim a bonus point, however Chippenham exploited Barnstaple as they chased the game with captain Lyons crossing for his second.


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