Chapman shines as Stow run riot

First published in Sport

STOW-on-the-Wold maintained their position at the top of the Berks/Bucks and Oxon Premier Division with a commanding 55-0 triumph at Hungerford.

Number eight Craig Chapman was the star of the day with five tries as the visitors made it three wins from three this season.

Chapman opened his account early on and it took until midway through the half before the next score came, some good handling from the backs resulting in Nick Caferao touching down in the corner.

Soon after, Stow won a Hungerford scrum close to the line and Chapman crashed over for another try. With no conversions, the visitors led 15-0 at the break.

The second-half saw Stow continue their dominance with the back line taking control. The hosts struggled to compete with the pace which resulted in a superb individual try from James Holmes who beat four tacklers in the process. Cafearo converted.

Andrew Piercey then got his name on the sheet with a blistering 20-metre run to the line and Cafearo converting.

The large Hungerford forwards were now tiring and good line-out ball from Richard Huggett supplied Chapman for his hat-trick, with Cafearo addin the extras.

The home side rallied briefly but Stow’s defence remained solid, resulting in a turnover inside the visitors’ half, from which Cameron Davidson went over in the corner.

Stow finished off a convincing performance both in attack and defence with two more tries, both from Chapman and converted by Cafearo.

The club’s under 15s have secured a sponsorship deal Gloucestershire recruitment agency Teamwork Selection.

Coach Steve Hill said: “I would like to thank Teamwork Selection for their generous support, the team are all pleased with the new shirts, which have already been used while on tour and at a few home matches.”

Juliet Capelastegui, managing director of Teamwork Selection, added: “We wanted to get involved with this local team who have been dominating the county recently and performing excellently.”

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