Chinnor suffer first loss of the season at Canterbury

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Chinnor Rugby Club’s unbeaten run ended on Saturday after they lost 20-13 away to Canterbury in the SSE National League Division Two South.

Chinnor took the lead courtesy of an early penalty from Will Millett, who scored all of the visitors points, however the hosts then scored the next 20 points, so by the time the Oxfordshire side scored next with ten minutes remaining the game was gone and the unbeaten start to the season with it.

Joint head coach Andrew Smith admitted that his side made too many errors.

He said: “As a side we made too many basic errors, gave away the ball and didn’t deserve to get anything.

“We improved in the second half but by then we were already chasing the game.

“It was a bit of a lesson to the team today - about the importance of being able to perform consistently well each week because if you don’t then you come unstuck.”

Smith was unwilling to make excuses for the defeat, however he said that “the long journey may have been a factor as it does affect the players pre-match routine.”

Despite the loss on Saturday, Chinnor remain in second place in the table with 18 points, just a point behind leaders Clifton.

Smith said he always knew October would be a tough month for his side, with upcoming games against Ampthill & District (October 19) and Hartpury College (October 12), who are placed fourth and fifth in the league respectively.

He said: “It will be a good challenge for us playing the higher-placed teams in the league. Hopefully the Canterbury game was a blip, and we can return to our best in time for our next match at home to Hartpury.

“Overall, it has been a good start to the season and we have given ourselves a good platform for what is to come.”