FIRWOOD Waterloo lost 41-16 at Chester but coach Jan Van Deventer believes the scoreline didn’t reflect his side’s performance.
Van Deventer said: “This scoreline bares little reflection to the way we took the game to the league leaders and certainly flattered them at the end. We were well in the game up to the final 10 minutes and if we had been more clinical in our finishing it was one we could have won.”
With 10 minutes left Waterloo were still in with a chance at 26-16 adrift and with better execution might well have taken the honours.
“I think that was the difference between the two sides,” Deventer admitted. “Although our approach work was good we could just not find the right pass or the chip in their ‘22’ to get the breakthrough we needed, whereas they executed their far fewer chances much better and were far more clinical when it mattered. It is something we must learn from as rugby-wise I thought that we were the better side. We had them under pressure and had the better of both territory and possession but unless that is converted into points we are not going to win matches.”
Waterloo took the early lead with a penalty from Liam Reeve but Chester went 14-3 ahead with tries from Lloyd Hayes and Tom Evans, both converted.
A try from James O’Brien made it 14-8 at half-time.
A penalty from Reeve early in the second half closed the gap but tries from Rhys Hayes and Ross Wight converted by Lloyd Hayes saw Chester pull clear. O’Brien went in for his second try but it wasn’t enough.