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Chi take on unbeaten leaders Park

Chichester RFC will be relying on their strong home form to carry them through as they welcome unbeaten league leaders Westcombe Park to Oaklands Park tomorrow (3pm).


Blues former head Rob Lawrence is now in charge of the resurgent Kent side, giving Chi plenty of incentive to spring an upset.


They head into the match in good form themselves after winning their two home games so far but outside the top half of the London One South campaign.


That’s after they were defeated 47-40 in a thriller at London Cornish last time out, a game which delivered Blues two bonus points but wondering if they could have done more.


Having shipped early points in the first three games of the season it was Chichester’s turn to get on the scoreboard after only four minutes when Harry Seaman dived over.


Blues continued to press, looking to build on the 7-0 lead. But, as the half went on, they were stunned by the home side who scored four tries to lead 24-7 at the break.


Chi responded well after the half time interval as a clearance kick was collected by debutant Elliot Haydon, who made ground and sent through a grubber kick for the supporting Rhys Thompson to touch down.


From the restart Thompson was straight back in the action gathering the ball and feeding Sam Renwick for a try under the posts. 24 – 19.


Cornish responded with a penalty and took advantage of a Chi yellow card to touch down again to extend their lead to 15.


With their full complement restored, Blues upped the tempo with Thompson breaking through the opposition defence and, having been tackled, managing to ground the ball on the line for Chi’s fourth try and a bonus point.


Cornish scored again and two further penalties gave them a 47-26 lead.


However, Chi failed to read the script and Tom Blewitt seared through the home side’s defence to reduce the gap before Ben Wallace sealed a second bonus point for Blues.


–Bognor RFC head into a bye week off on the back of a 51-31 bonus point victory over Ellingham & Ringwood last time out.


The five points is enough to lift the Hampshire Avenue side to sixth in the Hampshire Premier. Next up is a trip to Millbrook on October 12.

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