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Rich Ashton24 Apr - 15:30
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'These kind of achievements don't come around very often!'

DAVE Cox was delighted for his Colts side as they achieved the ‘pinnacle’ of an unbeaten league season with a 68-7 victory at home to Newbury.

Rams went into their final OBB Division One game with a magnificent seven wins from seven yet knew any kind of slip could allow Chinnor in to claim the title with victory against Windsor.

However, the Thame men were beaten themselves, and with the champions running in 10 tries, they completed a wonderful campaign in style.

Dave began: “I was delighted with the performance. We knew it would be a tough game because the league was on the line for us, and Newbury made it very difficult, especially in the first half.

“But once we got a bit of a lead we pushed on and some of the rugby in the second half was phenomenal.”

Matt Cox converted tries from Callum du Preez, Cameron Oakley and Matt Hill before Newbury replied for a 21-7 half-time score, but Patrick Brown, Jack Mander, Theo Pett-Ridge, Louis Roumignac, Finlay Wells, Cox and du Preez put the game away.

The Wells score was the stand-out, Luke Thorpe starting the move inside his own dead-ball line before more than half the team touched the ball before the finish.

Dave commented: “It was very, very good. We do lots of work in training on those core handling skills and continuity, but most of the time we just haven’t had the weather this year to do it – it’s had to be a little more forwards orientated.

“But we had a dry day with not much wind, it was a great performance, and there was a good crowd up to watch, which was nice.

“The mums and dads especially have been so supportive all season, they come to all the games and are always vocal, so thanks to them.”

Having also gone on a memorable National Cup run which was only ended at the semi-final stage three weeks ago, the Colts finished the season with 13 wins from 14 competitive matches, and the Head Coach said it was important his players got something for their efforts.

“Dorking was a setback, but we said on the day it was something to fire us on.

“There was no point in feeling sorry for ourselves, because the league was still there to be won, and the guys continued to train twice a week so we came into the game focussed.

“There’s always mixed feelings at the end of a season, and especially for the senior colts, but it’s why winning the league for me is the pinnacle.

“You spend nine months, in all weathers, working together towards a common goal before you go your separate ways, and I’m so happy they’ve got their just rewards.

“I hope they enjoy it because these kinds of achievements don’t come around very often.”

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