By Peter Reid
A big defeat but still played well
Trojans probably didn’t expect to come away from this match against the top of the league side but gave them a fright in the first ten minutes and played well enough to gain a bonus point for four tries.
Trojans kicked off and immediately pinned Winchester in their own half and, from a line-out, quickly passed the ball down the line for winger Charlie Pooley to make a dash for the line then slip the ball to full-back Joby Kochanowski to score in the corner. Trojans kept positional advantage for the next ten minutes but a Winchester foray into the Trojans half ended when a defensive Trojans kick was charged down and the loose ball was gathered by Winchester to score a try under the posts with an easy conversion. On the quarter hour the Winchester forwards had begun to show their potential and, after some strong mauling, the ball was passed down the line for their right winger to make a good run to the corner. For the last ten minutes Trojans were down to 14 men through a yellow card and Winchester made the most of it by running in two tries to make the half-time score 22 – 5.
Trojans started the second half strongly and pressed the Winchester line. A Winchester player was then yellow carded and from the ensuing penalty a ruck formed right on the Winchester line and scrum-half Neal Haworth slipped through a small gap to score a cheeky try. Haworth scored another try on twenty minutes with a run from a quick penalty, converted by Pat Gibbs, but in the meantime, very strong play from Winchester had resulted in them scoring two goals. Although Trojans put in some strong running moves for the rest of the half, Winchester were still in overall control and ran in two more tries. However, Trojans were not finished and, right on time, winger Charlie Pooley was at the end of some frenetic play to score a bonus point try.