CS Rugby wins Middlesex Cup
CS ultimately gained a comfortable victory in this re-run of last season’s Middlesex Cup final in front of a crowd of nearly 200 supporters at Chiswick RFC.
For the first half of the match things were pretty even, but as the Chiswick kept failing to win their own lineouts, CS gained in confidence and exploited their advantage in possession. Chiswick, as always, played with great passion and commitment, but found it hard to make progress against a well-organised defence. Initial pressure did, however, secure them an early lead, slotting a good penalty goal. CS came straight back when Josh Forrester wove his way over the line for an unconverted try.
Chiswick were back ahead after ten minutes with a converted try. Within four minutes CS were level when some slick handling along the backs from a scrum in the home 22 exposed a weakness in the home defence, leading to an unconverted try.
Thrills and spills aplenty followed as the play sped from end-to-end, and a period of Civil Service pressure tested the home defence resulted in a clearance kick finding James Houstoun who ran back at speed and was well supported handing another score to Josh Forrster under the posts. Two points were quickly added. Chiswick now had a period of pressure, and after four minutes they were level through a try by their forwards.
Another four minutes and CS came back and a well chased long kick led to an unconverted try by James Dazeley, Chiswick had a chance to cut the lead on the stroke of half-time, but fortunately missed the kick.
Chiswick made a disastrous start to the second half as CS forwards took control, allowing Anthony Lavea at 9 to prove particularly elusive, and an early try was followed by a soul-destroying cameo. Chiswick had fought successfully for the ball on their 22, but a wind-assisted pass back was followed by three unsuccessful attempts to gain possession as the ball kept wriggling away, and then rolled over the line towards a CS player, who happily touched it down under the posts, but the conversion was missed! Chiswick came back strongly, and an even passage of play followed, interrupted for some time by a nasty ankle injury to Axel Wilhelmesen who was taken to hospital and is now starting a lengthy programme of physiotherapy.
The Chiswick forwards were scrummaging and mauling well all the time, and a sustained period of pressure resulted in an ecstatically-received try. Moments later, the CS struck back, with Ant Lavea selling some great dummies on his way to the try line, and the conversion following. The next try for CS had an element of luck – the Chiswick forwards had done well to steal the ball during a CS maul, but were right on their goal line at the time. With only a short in-goal area, there was little room for manoeuvre, and the attempted clearance kick was charged down, and fell neatly for Taylor Direen, in his last game for CS before returning to NZ, to touch down and was duly converted.
CS got one more converted try against a tiring defence, but Chiswick had the last word with a converted try.
Fantastic day. Fantastic win! Well done to Mark Jackson and the Cup Final squad!
2016 – 2017 Cup
|2016-2017 Middlesex Cup||Result|
|4 Feb||SF||Chiswick||26||v||25||Hammersmith & F|
|25 Feb||SF||Twickenham||–||v||W/O||CS Rugby|
|7 May||Final||CS Rugby||53||v||29||Chiswick|
The final was played at Chiswick.
The draw for the 2017 – 2018 Middlesex Cup Competition has not yet been made.
The Senior County Cup is open to the top eight Middlesex clubs in the London Divisions (based on on their finishing position in the previous season) and takes the format of an unseeded knockout competition with a draw for each round, and the venue for the final will be decided on the toss of a coin.
Clubs not entering the County Competitions will be ineligible for the RFU National Competitions the following season.
Cup, Bowl and Vase administrative instructions
FOR EACH MATCH THE HOME TEAM MUST:
1. Once the draw has been made the home team should contact the away team immediately to agree a date. Once agreed, the Home team must inform the Cup organiser and its referee organiser. The Home team is responsible for confirming the referee in the week of the match.
2. At least ten days prior to the match make contact with a representative of the visiting club and confirm ground venue and directions.
3. If the fitness of the pitch is in doubt due to bad weather, consult with the visiting club in sufficient time to stop unnecessary travelling. Postponement should be avoided if possible. The decision on fitness first rests with the clubs (not the referee). If the clubs disagree an alternative venue should be sought, including an alternative pitch on the home ground or on the opponent’s ground. If agreement cannot be reached by the clubs, the home club should telephone the Competition Secretary who will decide. If he is not available the contact can be made with any member of the Competitions Committee. Obviously this should be done at least one hour before the due kick-off time.
4. On the day of the match inform the referee whether or not a medically trained person is available. Also that he is aware of the extra times rules (10 & 11) in the event of a drawn match.
5. Change jerseys in the event of a colour clash.
6. Immediately after the game the home Club shall notify the result to the Organiser by telephone or text.
For more information about the Middlesex Cup contact Lyndon Walters
Tel: 07887 648875 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
|2015-2016 Middlesex Cup||Result|
|27 Feb||1st Round||Ruislip||15||v||33||H’Smith & Fulham|
|27 Feb||1st Round||Twickenham||8||v||25||Chiswick|
|6 Feb||1st Round||HAC||0||v||w/o||CS Rugby|
|12 Mar||SF||CS Rugby||w/o||v||–||Twickenham (lucky loser)|
|12 Mar||SF||Chiswick||24||v||19||H’smith & Fulham|
|8 May||Final||Chiswick||39||v||37||CS Rugby|
|2014-2015 Middlesex Cup||Result|
|24 Jan||1st Round||H’Smith||HWO||v||–||Staines|
|24 Jan||1st Round||Chiswick||43||v||17||OMT|
|24 Jan||1st Round||CS Rugby||–||v||–||Bye|
|14 Feb||1st Round||HAC||32||v||22||Enfield Ignatians|
|14 Mar||SF||CS Rugby||HWO||v||–||Chiswick|
|14 Mar||SF||Enfield Ignatians||3||v||23||H’smith & Fulham|
|23 Aug||Final||H’smith & Fulham||12||v||20||CS Rugby 1863|
|2012-2013 Middlesex Cup||Result|
|11 Nov||1st Round||Chiswick||18||v||15||H’smith & Fulham|
|1 Dec||1st Round||Staines||43||v||15||UCS Old Boys|
|1 Dec||1st Round||Ruislip||WO||v||–||CS Rugby 1863|
|10 Nov||1st Round||Hampstead||–||v||–||Bye|
|2011 – 12 Middlesex Cup||Result|
|26 Nov||1st Round||Ealing II||v||H’smith & Fulham|
|26 Nov||1st Round||Chiswick||v||Ruislip|
|26 Nov||1st Round||L Scottish III||v||CS Rugby 1863|
|11 Feb||SF||Ealing||v||CS Rugby 1863|
|TBC||Final – not played||Ruislip||v||Ealing|
|2010 – 11 Middlesex Cup||Result|
|Date||QF||Chiswick||HWO||v||–||H’smith & Fulham|
|19 March||SF||Engield Ignatians||18||v||52||Staines|
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