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Bognor and Chi on the hunt for victory

Bognor RFC will be looking to make it back-to-back wins as they look to continue their surge up the Hampshire Premiership table.

 

The Purple and Greens picked up an impressive 37-22 victory over New Milton 7 District at Hampshire Avenue last weekend.

 

The bonus point win has lifted Bognor up to seventh in the table with a spot in the top half of the standings in their grasp.

 

Next up is a trip to Alresford tomorrow (3pm), a side who are two spots below the Purple and Greens after winning just two of their opening six matches.

 

Another side looking to get their campaign back on track is Chichester, who are now eighth after losing on the road in central London last weekend.

 

Blues have not yet found consistency in London South One, winning three and losing four of their opening seven matches.

 

The latest defeat came at newly promoted Honourable Artillery Company last weekend when Chi returned home with a losing bonus point after a 16-10 loss.

 

Next up is a home match against seventh-place Cobham, who visit Oaklands Park tomorrow (3pm).

 

Blues will look to make a better start than at HAC when the home side spent the first quarter camped inside the Blues’ half, bagging two penalties for their pressure.

 

Blues got a foothold, Zac Conoly making ground on a rare foray into the opposition half. From the ruck, Sandy Wheatley passed to Sam Renwick who burst through a gap in the defence to dot in the corner. 6-5.

 

But HAC responded immediately, seizing on an interception to run in under the posts. 13-5 at the break.

 

Chi came out the blocks and immediately had HAC under pressure. A clever grubber kick from Rhys Thompson was inches from being touched down by Matt McLagan. The referee called back McLagan when he was clean through for a Blues penalty.

 

But it was HAC who added to their score, slotting over another penalty.

 

Undaunted, Chi pinned the home side back and threw the kitchen sink at them. HAC were shown two further yellow cards in the final 10 minutes of the match, reducing them to 13.

 

Blues took advantage with young winger Stewart Ellaby touching down to seal a losing bonus point.

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