Friday’s historic evening produced excellent results for the boys in purple.
Starting with the Under 12s at 5.30, the B team returned a great performance at Sidcup RFC in a 35-5 win. Meanwhile, the A team fought hard against their Maidstone counterparts in a 10-10 draw.
The second event of the evening was the 2nd XV game. A fast start from the Chis boys playing on the front foot resulted in three clinical tries in the first half. Combined with a robust defence and the faultless right boots of Joss Barber and Mitchell Coppard, Chis and Sid went into half time 21-0 up.
The second half brought moments of brilliance and frustration – illdiscipline and the penalty count being the two negatives from an otherwise expansive, attacking and aesthetically pleasing performance. The game ended 33-0, with a hat-trick of tries to the name of Jonny Ridsdill-Smith, making his first start in the second row.
The build up complete, it was time for the showpiece event of the evening: the battle of the 1st XVs. As hoped, the crowd increased throughout the evening and the stand was packed to the rafters for the duration of the game.
Similarly to the 2nd team game, the 1st XV game was played at high intensity from the word go. The Chis pack was as mobile as ever, giving lightning quick scrum half, Simon Hooper, plenty of options from the breakdown; too many options for the Maidstone defence to contain as the purple attack was simply too athletic and relentless for the visitors.
The visitors only managed one second half try, as the fitness and strong bench of the Chis and Sid team ensured there was no late flourish from Maidstone. The game concluded with Chis and Sid exiting off their own line, but a 31-7 score line showed a deserving victory for Kieran Elliott’s team.
It was a highly successful evening for Chis and Sid rugby, with 3 wins and a draw, which helped raise some vital funds for the CSGS rugby supporters association. Led by the Sutton family, they help to provide food on Saturday mornings for players, coaches and referees, training and playing kit and essential medical supplies for the senior squad when they go on their annual pre-season tour.