West Leeds had been their only challengers but they were swept aside with a devastating 10 try performance by the Derbyshire side, who also allowed the visitors very few scoring chances.
A good positive start showed that the Chargers were playing with confidence and just 7 minutes in it was Callum Hallows, on fine form since his return from injury, who scored first with a great 60m individual run, Harry Chapman adding the extras. Hallows scored again on 7 minutes, popping up in the left side attack to score an unconverted try. Ten became sixteen when stand off Macauley Watkinson was picked out by a great cutout pass by Chapman and the scrum half added his third conversion. He then added a try of his own when he spotted a gap and ghosted through it, converting again for 22-0. At this point West Leeds had lost composure and their second rower was shown a straight red for punching. The score was lifted to 26-0 just before half time when Luke Walters went over.
The second half was more of the same. West Leeds did get more possession than in the first half but the Chargers defence was always on top and the visitors remained scoreless. Callum Hallows completed his second hat trick in two weeks with a great 60m kick return under the posts, Chapman converting the opportunity, and then Jake Beech went over after some fine handling on the right hand side.Chapman converted from wide and then Aaron Wycherley joined the party with a great 50m run – nothing more than he deserved after an awesome performance. This time Warren Brown added the extras. Watkinson’s great break and try capped a fine performance by the skipper, who was instrumental in holding the team’s discipline together in the face of a fair bit of attempted provocation.
Chapman’s conversion brought up the half century and then possibly the best try was saved for last when Callum Hallows and Harry Stephenson broke tackles and passed to each other twice, Stephenson ending up with the try.
This was a red letter day for the Chargers as this was the first silverware to be brought back to the club at junior level.
Chairman Ged Connolly-Thompson praised the side – “This team is a real credit to the club. They play some great rugby, and play it hard but fair. I would also like to thank their head coach Lee Walters and the coaching staff, team managers and parents who have put in countless hours to make this team a success. I’d also like to thank our sponsors, who are vital to keeping any community club viable.”
CHARGERS: Hallows (3T), Brown (1G), Stephenson (1T), Wycherley (1T), Bullars, Watkinson (2T), Chapman (1T, 6G), Doxey, Walters (1T), Brain, Briscoe, Banner, Beech (1T), Holland, Funhanda
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