Chester travelled to Mortimer Park on Saturday following a comeback victory in their previous game.This game eventually turned that script on its head. A dominant first half performance preceded a frantic but ultimately succesful defensive effort ensuring Jan Van Deventer's team returned north with an impressive bonus point away win.
With the windy conditions in their favour Chester's tried and trusted method, penalties kicked to the corner and strong driving mauls, produced tries for hooker Alick Croft (pictured, 2) and Andy Oakden, joining from his outside centre position to truck over the line. Callum Bennett added two conversions. Chester's efforts were aided by the home side's hooker being sin-binned as Colin Campbell's forward pack exerted continual pressure on the Lucs defence.
At half-time, 0-19 looked promising but now, playing with the wind at their backs, the home side worked hard to reduce the deficit. Young fly-half Josh Phipps landed an impressive penalty and shortly after flanker Callum Young was driven over the line as Lucs ramped up their forward pressure. Phipps added the extras and then a further penalty and, at 13-19, the comeback was on. Last week's hero however, Harrison Vare continuing his fine early season form, was quick to spot a gap in the home defence and darted through to establish an 11-point cushion on 55 minutes and secure a try bonus point. Chester's coaching team, alive to the possibility of a big defensive effort in the last quarter, brought on Al Reed, Scott Robson and Jimmy Lloyd to add fresh legs to the away eight. Canny defence ensured that Lucs were kept at bay, with the line only breached after Kyle Joseph was sin-binned on 70 mins and home full back Josh Watkins skipped past the stretched defence. Phipps again landing the conversion. A last minute penalty, kicked to the corne,r ensured the game was set up for a fairy tale finish for the home side, but excellent work at the lineout saw the ball stolen and cleared for a hard-earned victory for Chester