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Forwards are key as Cornish await Blues

Chichester RFC will look to chalk up their third win from four as they visit London Cornish tomorrow (2.15pm).

 

Scott Ashley’s side bounced back in style last weekend, registering a bonus point victory over KCS Old Boys at Oaklands Park.

 

The 38-20 win meant that the Blues banished the memories of a derby day hiding at Havant while placing them eighth after only three games of the London One South campaign.

 

Now attention switches to the Richardson Memorial Fields in south London when Chi will look to keep the momentum going.

 

One thing they will look to improve on though is their opening five minutes, with Blues once again falling behind early against KCS last time out.

 

The visitors created an overlap and breached the Chichester defence close to the posts with just four minutes on the clock. A penalty followed giving KCS a 10-0 lead.

 

But Chi responded, kicking to the corner from a penalty and mauling over with Nick Blount touching down. 7-10.

 

Blues’ tally was double shortly after when Sam Renwick dummied inside the last defender to score.

 

But within three minutes KCS were back on top with a converted try, a lead they extended with another penalty before the break.

 

Blues needed a response and they got it. A blistering 25 metre run from Renwick was stopped under the posts. The ball was recycled quickly out to Matt McLagan for a simple score in the corner. 19-20.

 

Blues were starting to look more comfortable and, with the visitors down to 14, took advantage as Charlie Wallace touched down a rolling maul for the bonus point try.

 

Chi extended the lead in the final ten minutes, first through Martin O’Callaghan before McLagan came off his wing to run a diagonal line between the KCS centres and receive a one handed off load from Shaun Baker to score under the posts, converted by Charlie Norton to seal the 38-20 win.

 

–Bognor RFC will be looking to bounce back after suffering a hammering at Sandown & Shanklin last time out.

 

The Purple and Greens returned from the Isle of Wight battered and bruised after suffering a 62-7 defeat.

 

Next up is a visit from winless Ellingham & Ringwood tomorrow (3pm).

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