Chichester are champions of Sussex

Chichester under-11s are champions of Sussex
Chichester under-11s are champions of Sussex

Chichester’s under-11s are champions of Sussex.

The West Sussex title holders faced East Sussex champions Uckfield for the overall county crown - and won.

After dominating the West Sussex championship, Chichester were confident going into the final against a strong side from Uckfield.

From the first whistle, Uckfield took the initiative and pinned Chichester in their own half - until a strong defensive kick upfield saw Chichester break free and start to play their fast-running game.

Chichester siezed the attacking initiative and quickly converted their first attack into a try. Chichester were rucking and mauling their way up the field and a second try followed.

Chichester flew into the second half barely allowing Uckfield any chance to touch the ball. Lineouts, rucks and scrums were dominated, combined with beautiful error-free passing and running - resulting in tries from both wings and through the centre. With every Chichester player taking on the challenge of running and passing, the score quickly escalated to 7-0 before the whistle was blown.

It was an emphatic and commanding win for Chichester, who never looked like conceding a try and were rarely forced into their own half. Player of the day was Jack McCulloch for an outstanding display.

With wins at the Chichester Done by 2, Horsham Festival, West Sussex Championship and now the Sussex Championship, the Chichester under-11s are the team of the year in Sussex and the team to beat for all other clubs!

CHICHESTER: Ben Allden, Gabriel Barwick, Louis Blanshard, Antonio deBrunner, Nicolas deBrunner, George Fountain, Alex Gillespie, Nick Hobbs, Sid Lewis, Tom Lowe, Patrick Mayhew, Jack McCulloch, Kini Nawai, Ed Minto, Tristan Nay, James Nutting, Izaak Quinton, Freddie Slater. Coaches: Gavin Young, Aidan deBrunner, Rob Lowe.

CHICHESTER under-eights have won their age-group Sussex finals.

Haywards Heath hosted a superb county festival and Chichester under-eights made it to the Sussex East versus West final as West Sussex champions for the second consecutive year.

Brighton A and B, Pulborough and Chichester were involved so the Chi boys knew it would be tough.

Against Pulborough, Chichester led 3-2 at half-time and went on to win 6.3.

Next up were Brighton Vikings, and flowing rugby, great supporting play and exceptional tagging defence meant a 9-2 victory.

The final round-robin game was against Brighton A and Chi were perhaps caught off-guard. They trailed 3-2 at the break.

The second half was completely different with Chichester reverting to their exceptional attacking and support play, and Chichester won 6-4.

Coaches said they couldn’t single out individuals because every squad member played exceptional rugby and contributed in all areas.

They said the victory showed the team’s strength in depth in the under-eight squad and they were massively proud of all the players.

They now look forward to the Vectis tournament on Sunday, April 27.

CHICHESTER: Willy Fountain, Dill Howell, Conor McCormack, Kyle McNair, Rory Minton, Jack Nay, Edward Timberlake, William Womersley.