Weakened Chichester colts have enough at Hove

Alex Grace sets up an attack for Chichester at Hove
Alex Grace sets up an attack for Chichester at Hove

For their Under-18 Sussex Premiership league match at Hove, Chichester foursome Tom Stride, Jack Walker, Joe Woods and Jacob Poulton were not available as they had been asked to attend the under-18 London division trials.

The team knew they would have to perform well as a unit to keep their 100 per cent winning record in the league intact - and did so to win 20-6.

The game was tight in the first half and it took Chichester 15 minutes to open the scoring as they put into place a well-rehearsed lineout move on the Hove five-metre line and hooker Harry Shonk rumbled forward to ground the ball.

Hove came straight back and scored a penalty kick. Jack Davies took his opportunity to slot one over to re-establish the five-point lead.

Just before half-time Hove converted another penalty to reduce the visitors’ advantage at the interval.

Chichester played better in the second half and Shonk burst through from a ruck and stretched out his arm to plant the ball on the line for his second try.

Late on Chichester replicated their first-half lineout move and Shonk capped his man-of-the-match performance with a third try. Davies’ conversion gave Chichester an unassailable lead.

CHICHESTER: Curtis Boxall, Harry Shonk, Andy Smith, Luke Inkle, Mark Knight, Shane Menage, Richard Foulkes, Alex Grace, Nathan Tucker, Jack Davies, Callum Munday, Harry Martin, Danny Kirkpatrick, Will Hunter, Henry Luxton, Ben Clink, Mike Dudley, Jack Restall.