Oaklands Insider: Blues suffer setbacks, but it’s all to play for

Tom Jackson and Sam Renwick double up in the tackle against Cobham  Picture by Louise Adams C140115-10
Tom Jackson and Sam Renwick double up in the tackle against Cobham Picture by Louise Adams C140115-10

What a month Chichester RFC have had over the past few weeks, writes the Oaklands Insider.

The curse of the commentator has struck again. Some of you will remember my last column noting the dry weather and the recent impressive home form of the first team.

Since that was written, the monsoon season has set in and the team lost two home games. One of the defeats was against Wimbledon, the other last week against Cobham.

Against the Dons, the Blues had got themselves into a winning position with only seconds to go, only for the visiting kicker hit a superb penalty with the last kick to steal the victory. Although a disappointing outcome for the home team and fans, it was a game of high quality and excitement for all.

The following week there was another home game against local rivals Havant and it was to the amazement of many that the game was played after heavy rainfall.

The players and officials were grateful to the district council for allowing the game to carry on. After all, they own the pitch and the facility is provided for the community. Those at the club are ever mindful of their responsibilities to those other than rugby folk.

Another win was deserved against the men from Hampshire in a close-fought game and subsequent wins put the Blues back on top of the league with Gravesend breathing down their necks with a two-point deficit but with a crucial game in hand.

There are still eight games to go with up to 40 points on offer. I have a felling the title race will go on for a good few games yet and there are still a couple of other teams who probably think they have an opportunity to challenge at the top.

The team also had their longest away trip during this period. The trip to Dover and back takes all day and as a result there were only a few diehard supporters who made the trip. I can report an away following of two!

I’m reliably informed that although down on numbers, the vocal support of the duo matched that of the home followers! Their efforts were rewarded with a truly memorable win after Chichester were down and out of the contest at half time.

The rest of the club have struggled of late to get games started, with pitches at other clubs having suffered in the wet weather.

Elsewhere in the rugby world the difference of opinion over the European cup structure rumbles on. Discontent is also occurring in Wales now, with a severe struggle between the regions, Premiership clubs and the Welsh Rugby Union.

However with the Six Nations starting, there is much for the rugby supporter to look forward to in the winter months, be it at Oaklands Park or farther afield.


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