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9 out of 9

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By 3 Wheels on My Waggon
November 2 2009

3 Wheels reviews Exeter Chiefs 9th win in the Championship. yet another close affair at Goldington Road!


9 out of  9 

Bedford 11 – 20 Exeter Chiefs 

Well I never said it would be easy! 

On an unusually bright and warm Halloween, Exeter Chiefs showed that they had an odd trick up their sleeve, to treat the raiding party to their 9th win in 9 outings this season.


The Chief’s raiding party was present in fairly large numbers, but sprinkled evenly around the ground, and with Oggy-man and a small team of backing vocalists camped just to the left of the half way line, a few Blue’s supporters were heard to say: “maybe we’ve chosen the wrong spot, perhaps we’ll move towards the clubhouse at half time.”


The Chiefs started the game playing down hill, away from the clubhouse, with the cross field slope falling away to their left. From the whistle, I’d expected not to see much play, prepared for the Chiefs to make full use of the horrendous slope towards the stand side, I was wrong as ball passed along the line up towards the top side on numerous occasions. Exeter set up camp in the Bedford half, stealing and spoiling the Blues line outs, almost scoring in the first 5 minutes from a Blues throw, with Steenson chipping over their defensive line, only for it to be dropped inches out. The Blues no 3 had a telling off for trying to tell the ref what he had missed, and was lucky not to have taken an early trot to the bin, having overheard the ref say ‘You don’t swear at me!’ Unforced errors seemed to be the theme for the day for both sides, with Exe being lucky that a couple of forward passes were missed. Then later Richie Baxter thundered towards the line, with men on his shoulder, for what seemed like a certain try, before being bundled into touch. With time ticking on it looked like all of the possession was being wasted and that the half could end up without a point on the board. Scaysbrook, as he does, was popping up all over the place, then following a great catch by Scays, play moved closer to the line. A series of scrums followed no more than 5 metres out, and with the forwards putting extreme pressure on, the Blues eventually gave away a penalty for wheeling or collapsing the scrum. With the Chiefs smelling blood, Exeter decided to take another scrum .but with it held short of the line the ball popped out and Hayden Thomas dived through for the first try which Steenson duly converted. The second try came when the Bedford no.3 came flying through the side of a ruck to collect the ball, the ref had appeared to let play carry on much to everyone’s disbelief, before calling them back for a penalty. Steenson put the ball in the corner, where Tommy Hayes won the ball and the pack forced their way over for Scays to score.

The Bedford no 3 was again on the wrong side of law when the ref penalised him for foul play, and finally took his walk to the bin. This seemed to wake them up and the play moved to the Exeter half for almost the first time, apart from some aerial ping pong, with Exe defending well before the Blues pushed forward again and Exe were penalised for offside at the ruck. The Blues own points machine, James Pritchard took their first points from the penalty.

With the score 3-14 at the break we still seemed very much in control and capable of piling on the points.

The second half started with the Blues coming out of their blocks at speed and within 5 minutes had again been awarded a penalty in the Chiefs half, following another offside decision, which Pritchard again slotted over. The Blues made better use of the slope than had Exeter, and 12 minutes into the second half, had scored their first try, which had Pritchard converted, would have brought them within a point. Exeter seemed to slip into a kicking game again, which merely brought frustration to the crowd.

At one point, the ref decided to hold up play when he realised that there were too many people in the technical area, for both sides, presumably he’d heard too much coaching going on from the side, and we waited to the bemusement of the crowd, whilst he sent them back to the dug out. With Exeter having regained some composure, they pushed into the Blues half, when from an Exeter scrum, the Blues flanker broke through as the ball popped out and was deemed to have deliberately knocked the ball on, giving Steenson and easy penalty kick.

The blues fought back and attacked the Chiefs line, following a deliberate knock on, this time in their favour, which they kicked deep into touch at the bottom end, however by now the Chief’s defence was like an impenetrable wall.


In the dying minutes, Exeter fought back nearly scoring, then following a couple of scrums which changed from the Blues put in and back to the Chiefs, Bedford were judged to have dropped the scrum and Exeter were awarded a penalty out wide. With seconds remaining, we expected Steeno to kick for touch, but the ref pointed to the posts, Steeno set up the ball and slotted it over for another 3 and the final points of the game, bringing the score to 11 – 20. Not quite as close as my prediction (18-21).

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02/11/2009 23:15
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02/11/2009 23:23
Thanks yet again to 3 Wheels for the Review.

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