Chichester RFC’s injury hit squad have a week off to lick their wounds after losing their fourth match in five games.
The Blues’ tough start to 2018 continued last weekend when they returned back from Thurrock empty-handed. If there has been a bright spot to the games in recent weeks, it was the performances of a number of youngsters who have made their debuts.
Among those who performed well in the 20-10 loss in Essex were Westbourne House student scrum half Fin Bamber, winger Jack Green and Ed Hounsel at full back.
With a number of seasoned pros starting to make their way back to full fitness, there are hopes that Chi, who sit fourth in the London Division One South, will return to winning form when they return to action at home to Chobham on February 17 (2pm).
Speaking after the Thurrock loss, Paul Colley, the club’s director of rugby, said: “It was a long and tough day. We probably didn’t quite play to our level but, even with the changes, we created some real opportunities. It wasn’t our day.”
Delays on the way to the match meant preparation was not ideal but the Blues started extremely well, dominating the first 15 minutes. Thurrock, though, scored first, crossing after a series of drives.
The Blues hit back. With Nick Blount dominating the lineout, big Jon Lindsay powered over from the back of a well-worked drive. The conversion was missed to make the score 7-5 at half time.
Chi came out fired up after the break. After five minutes disaster struck, and fly half Adrian Lynch was sinbinned for a marginal high tackle. The Blues held on, only conceding a penalty while down to 14 players. But Thurrock picked up momentum and scored a breakaway try to take them into a 17-5 lead.
The visitors hit back when the returning Chris Johnson burst through the home defence to