Rugby: Chichester teens get a buzz from win over Wasps

Chichester under-15s with their Wasps hosts
Chichester under-15s with their Wasps hosts

While it was not a league match, Chichester under-15s visit to face their Wasps counterparts this was always going to be an important fixture - a chance to go up against a strong London club. And they came through as narrow winners.

At the end of a season that saw Chichester end mid-table in the Sussex first division, it was also an awayday treat for the team and parents.

On hard ground and on a rare warm day, the Wasps seemed a physically-imposing side, but from the off, and for the whole first half, Chichester dominated.

Nowhere was this clearer than in the scrum, with props Jack Rugman and Todd Robey overpowering the Wasps scrum, pushing them off the ball and winning several scrums against the head.

Winger Andrew Bysouth scored after eight minutes but Wasps fought back and managed to break out of their own half, only for scrum-half Seb Cross to interrupt their play and kick forward.

The chase was won by captain Tom Hutchin for the second try. Another dominated scrum and a sudden change of direction saw Cross pass out to Harry Gallimore, receive it back and crash over for the third.

Just before half-time and from their own 22, a bullocking run from prop Robey was taken up by Hutchin, Parkes and Cross before Parkes went over for the fourth try, which Hutchin converted to make it at 22-0.

Wasps brought on some strong replacements and the second half was a different deal altogether - three Wasps tries followed within ten minutes, with Chichester missing crucial tackles.

But the kick-off from 22-15 saw Hutchin place a great kick that was taken into touch by Wasps. Suddenly on the back foot, Wasps buckled under the Chichester pressure, giving away several penalties from which Chichester drove forward, with Tom Adlington spinning over through several tackles to make it 29-15.

But the missed tackles continued and with several Chichester injuries depleting the ranks, Wasps had a sniff of

victory as two more tries made it 29-25.

A thrilling last few minutes saw Chichester saved by Andrew Bysouth after a Wasps run from their own 22 right through to

the try line was halted by a pitch-long sprint and a try-saving tackle.

Chichester held on to win an outstanding match against strong and well-organised opposition. Coaches Neil Roby, Noel Ashton-Rickard, Matt Adlington and Simon Pattinson must be congratulated on getting the boys performing at such a

scintillating level.

Toby Wilsher