Chichester produced their best performance at Oaklands Park for more than 14 months to beat promotion chasing Camberley 27-15 in London One South.
Chi bounced back from their poor showing in Essex the previous week with a fine victory which sets them up for tomorrow’s trip to face Belsize Park (2pm).
Blues made five changes to the side that lost to Thurrock as Ben Deavall, Martin O’Callaghan, Charlie Wallace and Chris Johnson came into the forwards and Liam Rowland returned in the backs.
Blues made the breakthrough after seven minutes from a fine team effort which saw Rhys Thompson, Matt McLagan, Sam Trodd, Charlie Wallace and Tyrese Makasi all involved before Johnson dotted down under the posts. Tom Blewitt converted.
Camberley tried to run the ball at every opportunity and made good use of their veteran fullback Tom Allen.
Finally, the visitor’s backs clicked and their speedy winger scored out wide after 28 minutes.
From the restart, Chichester went on the offensive and a typical Johnson run led to a Liam Rowland try on the overlap in Vultures Corner on 34 minutes. Blewitt converted to open a 14 – 5 lead at half-time.
Camberley resorted to a kicking game to try to wrestle back control after the restart but Blues’ backs caught everything.
The visitors reduced the deficit with a penalty after 52 minutes.
A 70th-minute burst by Johnson led to a third Chi try after Camberley regained the ball but then forced to touch the ball down beyond the try line after excellent support from McLagan and Blewitt.
A series of pick and goes from the five-metre scrum ended with Harry Seaman going over and Blewitt added the extras.
Camberley responded three minutes later with a converted try to make it 21-15 with ten minutes left. And what a ten minutes they were!
Chichester were reduced to 14 players after a yellow card but still forced Camberley to concede a penalty that Blewitt put over.
The referee then reduced Camberley to 14 players with a yellow and Chi opted for a kick at the posts, and Blewitt nailed the penalty to seal the victory.