Chinnor boss hoping side replicate second-half fighting spirit for big clash

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Chinnor will hope to be firing from the off when they host Worthing today (kick-off 2.30pm).

Jason Bower’s men staged a stirring fight back at Cantebury last weekend but it was not enough as they went down 21-20 with a dubious decision depriving them of victory.

With the score at 21-15, Chinnor were denied a penalty try and an easy conversion to claim the win after a scrum was collapsed and a Canterbury player jumped on the ball.

With another scrum given Chinnor recycled the ball for Henry Colver to go over in the corner but James Cathcart steered his kick wide,

Bowers refused to be too critical of the decision, instead focusing on his side’s poor first-half display.

He said: “It was frustrating but I can understand it, the referee has a difficult job to. It’s one of those things.

“I didn’t expect us to come back from 21-0 down to be honest. We didn’t play well enough in the first-half.”

Bowers said the Gazette would not be able to print what he said at half-time to the team but his words clearly had an effect.

Chinnor ran in four second half tries with Colver, Andrew Smith (2) and Ricky Hopwood getting on the board.

Bowers added: “The guys just had a bit more belief in the second half.”

However, a rare off day with the boot from Cathcart meant Bowers’ men could not seal victory.

The boss was confident his fly-half would bounce back.

“He’s probably the harshest critic of himself. He’s won us lots and lots of games in the past though.”

Chinnor host third placed Worthing on Saturday (kick-off 2.30pm).

Bowers said: “They have got some exciting individuals. But we hope in front of home support we get a little bit of luck, the bounce of the ball and upset them.”