Youngsport: Cheltenham Tigers show their teeth in victory over Chinnor
Chinnor U-18s 0 Cheltenham U-18s 39
THE Tigers needed a big performance against Chinnor, who were last year's semi-finalists, if they were going to progress to the last 32 of the National Colts competition.
Second rows Andrew Cresswell and Richard Hance were in the thick of the action for the whole game and made a commanding impact, while Ben Atkinson – back from injury and playing at number eight – had a commendable return to the side.
George Knowles powered forward at every opportunity, and it was his boisterous run which set up a quick-thinking Cresswell to notch the first try of the game. This was expertly converted by Tom Hage.
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It was Cresswell who then helped set up the next two tries, both of which were finished by Tom Bell who supported well and found the final gaps to score.
The Tigers backline ran incessantly at their opposition, making good yardage at every opportunity.
Martin Whittimore played an inspired game, with strong defensive skills throughout.
Tom Hage at fly-half played very stylishly and demonstrated mature kicking.
The second half started with a wonderful textbook try, Rhys Edwards plucking the ball from a lineout which was then moved with speed and precision to Whittimore, who deftly side stepped two Chinnor backs and off loaded to Knowles to take the honours under the posts.
As the Tigers got into their stride another try was chalked up by full-back Kieran Cox, followed by another in short succession as Whittemore broke away for his second of the day.
It was Cresswell who rounded off a fine performance with his second.