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Chichester 12 v 7 Camberley

Chichester 12 v 7 Camberley

By Simon Tanner
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The Colts battle through to Round 4 of the National Colts Cup competition.

The blues ended 2015 in great style but have had to endure a long gap to their next game with 2 matches being called off due to the bad weather. Eventually they got back on track last Sunday with the third round of the National Colts Cup at home to Camberley. The Surrey side arrived in confident mood with a host of county players in their squad.

Their confidence looked well placed as Chi started badly with several errors and the gold shirted away side didn’t need any second asking. They moved the ball at pace to their very quick left wing, the defence was poor and within the first five minutes he ghosted away running the first score from 40m out. The simple conversion and the blues were already down 0 - 7.

Chichester breathed deeply and dug in. The forwards were having a titanic battle against their big and fired up opponents. After a shaky start the lineout started to fire with Fitzmaurice and Scott winning the battle in the air. The scrum was rock solid with Rugman, Munroe and Prior really pressuring the opposition ball. Slowly the Blues worked the field position with forwards working hard and getting over the gain line. As was to be the theme of the day as soon as the pressure came on the away side lost their discipline. 2 penalties were taken by open side flanker with Tom Adlington slotting the extras. Camberley had a player binned during this period with a deliberate in from the side to kill a very promising position. Turning round at 7 - 6 the game was finely balanced but Chi were in no mood to let up. Great carries from Watmore and Rugman powered the Blues forward and Prior was a one man wrecking ball in the contact. Camberley rallied occasionally but rock solid defence now met them with Margarson particularly strong in this area. Chi had made a double change at half back and both Goodwin and Renwick were to play a key role in using the front foot ball to good effect. Goodwin balanced a great breaking game with a lighting service and Renwick pinned the away side back with some great kicks. Captain Constable, in the absence of injured Joe Stirrup, and Adlington were winning the break down with both winning crucial turnovers. Crosby-Wilshire was back to his chop tacking best. The pressure told as a series of infringements pinned the away side back with 2 more converted penalties giving Chi a 12 - 7 lead. The last 10 minutes were a titanic battle with Camberley throwing everything into it but the blues would not be denied and played really clever pragmatic rugby to run out 12 - 7 winners.

This was a tough bruising affair and the Blues looked a bit rusty not hitting the pre-Christmas heights. But what they did show was bucket loads of character and should be commended for overcoming a strong Surrey team.

Simon Cross, Colts Head Coach: “We had one or two players out but showed our squad strength. This was a real team effort.”

Next week the Blues move through to the 4th round v Dorking away - undoubtedly another tough game.

Team: Prior, Munroe, Rugman, Fitzmaurice, Watmore, Scott, Adlington, Constable (capt), Ellis, Grace, Spreckley, Margarson, Patterson, Baxter and Gallimore. Replacements: Odling-Thomas, Brereton, Crosby-Wilshire, Renwick, Mendoza, Goodwin and Seehawong.

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Sun 24, Jan 2016