WRU Division 3B East

Blackwood Stars 6 Chepstow 38

CHEPSTOW leapt to the top of the table despite being without six first team regulars at Blackwood, writes Bob Cypher.

The visitors found themselves behind from a penalty inside the first five minutes but the setback spurred them into life and Jonathan Thomas crossed under the posts for a try, which he converted.

Chepstow's forwards started to dominate and Ashley Mustoe scored an unconverted try to stretch their lead to nine points.

After another attack, Chepstow were awarded a penalty try from a five metre scrum, which Blackwood collapsed.

A further penalty was scored by the home side, before a great backs move saw Ben Horder cross for the bonus point try, Jonathan Thomas adding the extras.

The second half started with both teams keeping the ball tight and most of the play was concentrated in the middle third of the pitch.

This led to a scoreless 20 minutes, but after Chepstow made some changes the back line cut loose with tries from Morgan Freeman and man of the match Horder.

Jonathan Thomas converted one of the tries to complete a 38 -6 victory and send Chepstow to the top of the table.

This Saturday’s home game with Nantyglo has been postponed due to cup commitments.

Chepstow Druids beat Pill Harriers 2nds 39-19 to reach the top of the seconds league. Try scorers were Rob Johnson 3, Max Coniam 2, Tom Absalom, Elliot Bailey. Conversions, Alex Davis 2.

Chepstow Youth lost 8-5 at Risca Youth, Will Morgan scoring for Chepstow.