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Blues feeling black and blue after Westcliff inflict yet another loss

CHICHESTER have a week off to nurse themselves back to full health after a crushing defeat to fellow strugglers Westcliff.


The Blues never recovered from a poor start, eventually losing 39-24 to the visiting team from Essex.


It leaves the Oaklands Park side second bottom of the National League 3 London and South East table.


With seven players currently out, coach Rob Lawrence will be hoping the rest will mean his side are fit and raring to go for the trip to bottom club Amersham and Chiltern on November 19.


But having conceded 20 tries in their last four matches, the Blues must tighten up in defence if they are to survive the drop this season.


On Saturday, Chi never recovered from a poor first 20 minutes when they conceded three tries caused by basic errors.


It was only when they were 19-0 down that they started to play.


Army man Ski Sauliga, making his first home start for four years, scored a try which was converted by Taff Davies.


But despite a red card for the visitors, Chi could not reel Westcliff in as they scored a further two tries in the second half.


Matt Woodhouse and Jak Evans grabbed consolations for the Blues but it was not enough to prevent a bonus point win for the visitors.


Roger Gould, the club’s press officer, said: “Westcliff were very determined from the outset and deserved the bonus point win.


“They were very together as a unit and managed their game well, whereas Chi’s forwards and backs did not link and appeared to operate independently.


“The wake up calls are exhausted and they must start winning or else.”

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