A large Colts squad travelled to Havant for an important run out before the serious league action starts next week.
With just a few exceptions the entire squad made themselves available for a competitive fixture against local rivals keen to show that the pre-season training had paid off.
The coaches used the opportunity to try out a number of combinations with players stepping up to give them a few selection headaches in the week ahead. The early exchanges saw the two packs frantically tear into each other but good positional kicking from Renwick at 10 began to give Chichester territorial advantage. From a line out close to the Havant line Fitzmaurice caught well and the pack drove forward, despite some desperate Havant defence Constable plunged over. Renwick converted and Chi led 7-0.
Havant soaked up a lot of pressure but were dangerous on the break and a kick chase and dart down the right saw their flanker plunge over in the corner. A fine conversion brought the home side level.
The next period of play saw the Chichester backs start to make in roads. Strong running from Larssen and Margarsen threatened the line, Rugman and Scott carried hard before Stirrup moved the ball swiftly to Sehawong on the left wing who left two defenders for dead before finishing in the corner.
A few minutes later Quinton coming off the bench immediately made his presence felt and forced a turnover, the ball was switched quickly left again and in a repeat of his first Sehawong outpaced the defence to score out wide.
Chichester were now on top and throwing the ball around looking for more tries, the speedy left wing looked like he was going to complete a rapid fire hat trick but was just caught on the line, with support too slow to the breakdown, Havant secured a turnover and their 10 made a fine break, which compounded by a couple of missed tackles led to a score under the posts. The conversion made it 14-17 and game on.
Luckily Chichester reacted well to this set back and spent the rest of the game hammering at the Havant line. From a maul that looked to be held up short Adlington in typical style emerged with the ball and spun out of a tackle for the 4th and final try. Conversion by Grace made the final score 22-14 to Chi.
Still lots to work on ahead of the Worthing game next week but a good solid start.