What a ripper! Camberley Ambers opened their inaugural league campaign with a full blooded encounter against local rivals Chobham. Off to a flying start, Camberley dominated the opening exchanges and were quickly ahead through tries from Joshua and George I, the latter converted by Harry. 12-0 to Camberley after 10 minutes of absolute dominance during which Chobham didn’t touch the ball. When they did, they gave a swift reminder of how dangerous they could be by shipping the ball to their fast and strong winger who brushed through a couple of attempted tackles to dot down close to the posts for a converted try to make it 12-7. This triggered a brief spell of Chobham forwards superiority which was rewarded by one of their large front rowers crashing over for an unconverted try to bring the score level at 12-12. Some stern words from JLS saw the Camberley boys respond in style and the rest of the half belonged to the home team with George crashing over again from short range following wave after wave of Camberley attacks. Jacob slotted the conversion and the home team turned round deservedly 19-12 in front.
Despite playing against the wind in the second half, Camberley dominated both possession and territory for the first 20 minutes but couldn’t break through the opposition’s dogged defence. Starved of the ball and inspired by their Scottish scholar of skulduggery, Chobham’s frustration began to spill over into indiscipline with several incidents of foul play that led to two yellow cards. Camberley admirably kept their composure but the visitors rallied for one last effort and pressured hard to force a couple of errors in midfield that led to a kick through and a scrappy try that brought the score to 19-17. Crucially, the conversion was missed. The home side then closed out the match with some brave and ferocious defence to emerge worthy winners in a nail-biting finish.
Well done the Ambers!
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