9 months ago
By Roger Locke
1sts took lead after 25 minutes but were unable to hold on for victory
With all the recent rugby played, this was always going to be a big ask for the 1sts, especially as Old Cents had the luxury of playing in the semi-final without having played a single qualifying match whilst Chosen had defeated both Matson and Widden to reach this stage.
Cents scored a converted try after just six minutes but Chosen responded four minutes later with a try from Marc Riddel converted by Andy King.
A penalty put Cents back in front but Chosen went into the lead after 25 minutes when Tom Knight scored and King converted. Cents responded with a converted try to retake the lead by 3 points but then Tom Darby crossed for Chosen with King's convertion putting them back in front 21-17.
Two more tries for Cents, one of which was converted gave them a 29-21 interval lead.
An un-converted try four minutes into the second half extend the Cents lead to 34-21 but Chosen hit back with a second try from Marc Riddel and when Rob Panting crashed over for a try converted by King Chosen were right back in the match at just one point behind with the scoreline 33-34.
As the final whistle approached Cents made sure of victory with a final converted try.
A great team effort by Chosen but ultimately they probably paid the price for having to play six highly competitive matches in just 17 days
Updated 05:58 - 12 Apr 2017 by Roger Locke