January 17 2011
LittleTommyHawkk reviews the Chiefs win over Bougoin.
Exeter Chiefs 17 Bourgoin 6
Arriving at the ground roughly an hour before kick off, I expected to see more people there. But it showed that even if we lacked a little in crowd numbers on a somewhat windy Saturday night, we made up for in noise, including the East Terrace with their French conductor. After a few quick chats with a few other supporters and stewards it was time to take place in East Terrace South, and wait patiently for kick off. After a pretty strong squad being announced and a convincing win in Bourgoin back in October, expectations were high for this game.
Next up, Montpellier. C’mon Chiefs!
These expectations were somewhat slashed slightly in the first half, with Ryan Davis missing his first penalty 10 minutes into the game, and his second bouncing back off the cross bar 25 minutes into the first half. Shortly after this attempt from Davis came a chance for Alberto Di Bernardo, after the Chiefs were penalised for not rolling away at a ruck. But kicking into the wind meant that the ball fell short and directly into the awaiting arms of Luke Arscott. 33 minutes into the first half came to the sin binning of Jeremy Guillot after his tackle on James Hanks (if the memory is right..). With Bourgoin now down to 14 men, the Chiefs kept the pressure up, which eventually resulted in another penalty for the Chiefs a minute from the end of the first half. Much to the delight of the Chiefs supporters, Ryan Davis succeeded in converting this attempt and went in at the break 3-0 up. Half time gave some of the East Terrace South supporters a few minutes peace and quiet from the continuous noise made from one Frenchman, who was continually up and down the East Terrace, shouting his support and encouraging us to make more noise then we were. In my opinion he was highly entertaining, and one of the best travelling supporters I have ever seen at Sandy Park.
Soon enough it was time for the second half to commence, and the Chiefs came out all guns blazing as just one minute into the second half came a try from the super Tom Johnson, a week on after his honourable try at Glaws. Noise erupted around the ground and Davis converted to take the score to 10 – 0. 52 minutes in and Alberto Di Bernardo got another chance to boost his teams score. This time his attempt sailed through the posts bringing the score now to 10 - 3. Not long after this came the return of the influential Neil Clarke, and the replacement of Ryan Davis by Gareth Steenson. Scaysbrook then gave away a penalty for entering from the side, directly infront of posts. Di Bernado took no chances and slotted the points. 10 – 6. But his next attempted sailed wide and this is how the score stayed for a while longer.
With tensions running high, a streaker distracted all, but quickly the game resumed, with Bourgoin now mounting the pressure onto the Chiefs, resulting in another penalty attempt for Di Bernado. To the relief of Exe, this attempt was again missed. 3 minutes from the end came a reason for all Chiefs supporters to give a little sigh of relief, as a spectacular break from Arscott gave Tui the chance to cross the line and rack up some more points on the score board. Gareth Steenson slotted the conversion making the score now 17 – 6. Italian referee Damasco blew the final whistle and it was all over. A slightly larger sigh of relief now, but not to large.
Next up, Montpellier. C’mon Chiefs!
OMG where did that come from lol well impressed