CHICHESTER RFC’s winning start to life back in London One South rolls on as the Blues look to make it five from five this weekend.
Scott Ashley’s Blues host ninth-place Cobham tomorrow at Oaklands Park (3pm) full of confidence, having seen off a number of tough opponents in their 100 per cent start of the campaign.
Chi continued that successful beginning to their campaign with an impressive 20-10 victory on the road against top-of-the-table CS Sports last weekend.
The win, which leaves them second level on points with Medway, was even more impressive given seven players were unavailable and traffic meant the squad arrived late at their west London destination.
Club spokesman Roger Gould said: “Bearing in mind their selection problems, this victory ranks as one of Chichester’s best ever performances away from home.
“They deserved the four points after an enthralling end to end game against strong opponents at the top of the league.
“With the score at half time 10-8 to CS Rugby, Chi once again fought back with their pack steadily gaining ascendancy. Their determination and team spirit prevailed.”
Given the issues in reaching CS Sports, the match was delayed by 15 minutes. Simon Pinhorne and Aussie recruit Adrian Lynch made debuts, while Tim Cook, aged 37, took the right wing berth.
After falling behind to an early penalty, a Richard Adams drop goal levelled the score at 3-3. The hosts then scored a converted try but Chi replied before the break. A clean lineout and drive maul allowed Aaron Davies to touch down. The conversion missed was missed to make it 10-8 at half-time.
After the re-start, the Blues forwards took charge. A big push at the scrum saw Chris Johnson combine with Jack Bentall to touch down. Johnson scored again with five minutes to go to seal the victory and four points for the Blues.