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Grove (27) vs. Banbury (9)

2 years ago By John Sevier

Grove’s forwards demolished plucky Banbury for a convincing win in the 1st round of this season’s Oxfordshire Cup.

Banbury started in lively fashion gaining two kickable penalties almost immediately from the start but missed both. Banbury continued to pressure but Grove resisted and finally the Grove pack drove their counterparts deep into the visitor’s territory. Opting for a penalty scrummage the Grove boys took the ball to the line for scrum half Joe Chilvers to score the simplest of trys but this went unconverted so the score moved to 5 : 0.

Grove’s pack kept the pressure on particularly through No. 8 Ben Nicholl and lock Paul Miles but it was fellow lock Rory Gratwohl who grounded the next after a massive drive and the score moved to 10 : 0.

Banbury hit back and, awarded a long range penalty, kicked superbly to reduce the arrears to 10 : 3. Grove replied very strongly and looked to have scored again but the referee saw it differently and the pressure on Banbury was temporarily relieved. Grove were then awarded a penalty which was missed but the lead was increased when Chilvers went over for his second try of the day, this time converted by American fly half Jona Cali for 17 : 3.

This was followed with a piece of individual brilliance from wing Guy Nicholl who took possession, kicked ahead and re-gathering from the bounce took the ball over for Grove’s fourth try and a half time scoreline of 22 : 3, the conversion again falling short.

Banbury were again awarded a penalty almost immediately from the start which was put over to take the score to 22 : 6. Now it was the visitor’s turn to put the pressure on and Grove starting missing tackles. Banbury's reward was another penalty which was again successfully kicked to move the score to 22 : 9.

The Banbury pressure was short-lived however and Grove’s forwards once again moved into the ascendancy. Cash Chilvers came on as a substitute in the back row and it was then Grove’s kiwi winger Brendon White who crashed over in the corner following a very determined build up by the home team. With the conversion missed, the score moved to its final position of 27 : 9.

Before the end flanker Jack Horrocks, veteran Jon North and Mark Tugwell substituted for Grove and both Cash Chilvers and one of the Banbury players were separately yellow carded but no further scoring materialised.

This was a match in which Grove's tactical play was superb, keeping the Banbury forwards under immense pressure throughout and in the process subduing and severely limiting the lively and dangerous Banbury backs.

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