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Five try Chi on high ahead of week off

Chichester RFC head into a week off on a high after chalking up a five try win over fellow strugglers Dartfordians.

 

Blues were clinical from the off in north Kent and racked up five tries in the convincing 21-42 victory.

 

Chi made the most of the conditions in the first half to jump out to a 30-7 lead at the half.

 

Then their cause was helped in the second half as ill-discipline cost the hosts as the referee reduced them to 14 with ten minutes remaining.

 

The bonus point victory means Scott Ashley’s side head into a week off ranked tenth out of 14 in the London One South.

 

With the eagerly-anticipated visit from leaders Brighton coming next weekend (February 9) the message to the players will be to rest and relax ahead of what will be a tough test for the Blues on home turf.

 

Chi had the kicking of fly half Henry Anscombe to thank for helping them to the win over third-bottom Dartfordians.

 

An early penalty got Blues on the board within six minutes. And despite the hosts replying with a try, it was one way traffic after that point.

 

First the Kent side had a man sin-binned. Then Harry Seaman dived over for a score after a scrum. 7-10.

 

Further infringements provided two more penalties for Anscombe to kick. 7-16 and 10 minutes left in the half.

 

From the restart, Dartfordians infringed, providing Tom Blewitt the chance to wrong foot the defence and touch down in the corner. Converted for 7-23.

 

As the clock ran down, Toby Golds intercepted on the right wing and ran in Blues’ third try. 7-30 and half time.

 

The hosts hit back, partly helped by two yellows to Chi players, and with 70 minutes on the clock the score was 21-30.

 

But a red card for Dartfordians allowed Blues to kill off any hopes of a comeback with Sam Drayson and Seaman adding late tries.

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