Does size matter? It did in Chew Valley's top-of-the-table clash
MATCH REPORT: Chew Valley 1st XV 3 Barton Hill 1st XV 11
Size mattered at Lobbingtons on Saturday as surprise package Chew Valley Rugby Club saw their unbeaten start to the Western Counties North season come to an end in a top-of-the-table clash against Barton Hill.
The visitors were bigger and more organised up front, while also playing the smarter rugby in an opening 35 minutes blighted by monsoon conditions.
Individual errors cost Chew possession during that time and it was only strong defence which restricted Barts to a single converted penalty at half-time.
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Outside half Olly Nowell kicked another penalty early in the second period, which started in bright sunshine, as the Barts pack starved Chew’s backs of any possession.
On the rare occasions they had the ball, though, they looked the more likely to break the gain line and winger Silas Cox was beaten to a touchdown by inches following a kick and chase.
But from the ensuing 22, Cox forced a penalty which full-back Tom Bryan converted.
Chew were finally killed off when lock Nick Yiasoumi, who dominated the lineout throughout, touched down to deny the hosts a losing bonus point – although Barts must be wondering why it took until the last play of the game for a try to finally arrive.