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Flying Chi try for five on the spin as the remarkable recovery rolls on

Chichester RFC are shooting for a five star show as their mid-season recovery is turning increasingly into a Christmas miracle.


A month ago, they were locked in a relegation battle, with just one victory against their name. But four wins from four later and Chi are in the top half with hopes of kicking on even further in the National South One.


The change of fortune at Oaklands Park has been remarkable, with the return to fitness of a number of senior players giving the Blues some stability.


With those experienced heads back in the side, Chi wrapped up a 30-9 victory on the road at Cobham last time out.


That bonus point victory puts Blues eighth in the league and, along with leaders Brighton, they are the form team in the division.


But Chi will have to be at their best if they are to make it five on the spin when they entertain Sevenoaks at Oaklands tomorrow (2pm).


They will want to show more ruthlessness than the Cobham match when Blues made winning the match harder than perhaps it should have been.


The visitors took the lead on the ten minute mark when, following a lineout and the back of the driving maul, Harry Seaman darted across the line to touch down in the corner.


But Blues were unable to capitalise on dominating the scrum and possession. Instead, the rest of the half proved to be a scrappy affair with penalties exchanges between both sides – 9-11 at the break.


Into the second period and Chi started to take charge. New boy Josh Terry surged forward, making 15 metres before being stopped just short of the line.


The ball was recycled to Henry Anscombe for a pass to Sam Renwick who ghosted through the defence for a try out wide. Conversion missed – 9-16.


A third followed when Rhys Thompson’s cross field kick bounced for Ben Robson to collect at pace and dot down in the corner.


With 20 minutes left, the Chi faithful were hopeful for a bonus point try. However, Cobham had other ideas and launched wave after wave of attacks.


A sin binning for Blues did not help. But, with four minutes left, they were restored to 15. An attacking scrum saw Seaman pass to Renwick who notched his second try in the corner.

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