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Heathfield & Waldron
Chichester 30 v 6 Heathfield

Chichester 30 v 6 Heathfield

By Simon Tanner
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Chichester Colts got back into to league action with a home match against last year’s champions Heathfield.


Chichester Colts got back into to league action with a home match against last year’s champions Heathfield. Unbeaten in the league the Blues of Chichester knew how important the start to 2017 would be if the young guns were going to stay in contention for the league title.

Good numbers at training meant a strong looking squad took the field in murky, damp conditions. Quick ball from the off saw Ned Renwick attack the space for a 40m break which almost led to a very early try. Chichester were winning the early exchanges with backs and forwards combining well applying good pressure on Heathfield. Sustained pressure gave Renwick the chance to slot an early 3 points. The away side were defending valiantly and being disruptive at the break down to stem the tide. However, the Blue’s scrum was totally dominant and after 15 minutes Tyrese Makasi burst away from the scrum leaving two defenders for dead with excellent body position and he crashed over. 10 - 0. Heathfield responded with the hard running centre looking dangerous but time and again Margarson and Varnes chopped him down. Heathfield did retrieve 3 points and Chichester had to make a change in the front tow with Delaisse leaving the field injured. The Blues now looked to up the pace with Ellis making a couple of lightning breaks and Baxter bulldozing his way through and round the opposition. Renwick was pulling the strings well, probing the defence and creating good field position. As the half drew to a close a well worked series of forward drives released the backs with Owen Seehawong diving over in the right hand corner. Half time 15 - 3.

The home side started the second half with real zest. Captain Prior was a one man wrecking ball carrying constantly across the gain line with second row Harry Blatch getting through a mountain of work. The whole team galvanised forcing two early penalties. The second was kicked to the corner and an accidental offside lost the scoring opportunity. 18 - 3. With Heathfield now having their best period they countered the length of the field. Good defence held them out but the Blues were making some errors and needed to retain their grip on the game. Goodwin now in at No. 9 started to snipe and bring the forwards back into the game. Quick rucks gave the backs space as Martin jinked and weaved through the retreating defence for an excellent score. 25 - 3. The best try was probably the last. As the game broke up Renwick, now at full back, ghosted out wide and with excellent support he casually dummied inside and used his pace to scorch over in the corner. 30 - 3. Heathfield did slot a very late penalty for the match to finish Chichester 30 v 6 Heathfield.

Paul Colley, Director of Rugby - “Whilst we still have things to work on this was a very good all round performance against a decent side.”

Man of the Match - Harry Blatch and Ned Renwick who both received 12 free sessions for the Nuffield Gym.

Chichester squad: Prior, Moore, Delaisse, Lawrence, Blatch, Mahoney, Makasi, Henshall, Ellis, Renwick, Baxter, Margarson, Varnes, Seehawong, Bonnar-Baird, Watts, Montaque, Jarjat, Goodwin, Martin, Norton, Odling-Thomas and Naiyaga.

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Match details

Match date

Sun 08, Jan 2017

Kickoff

14:00

Meet time

12:30

Attendance

50

Competition

Colts Premier

League position

2
Chichester
7
Heathfield & Waldron