All the omens pointed in the right direction, as far as the Wild Geese were concerned, in terms of Saturday 16th January’s visit to Chichester. They came away with a 29-7 victory, which consolidates their second place in National Div. 3, just one point behind Tonbridge Juddians (who won again).
It took 12 minutes for the first breach of Chichester’s ranks to occur – Ollie Turner kicking a penalty goal. On the 23 minute mark, George Owen scored a try, converted by Turner. Two minutes later, Matt Killeen added a further try, again converted by Turner. In first half injury time, Jordan Gott scored a try, converted by Turner, to give the Wild Geese a half-time lead of 24 points to nil.
Report by John S Hunter
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In the second half, the Wild Geese scored a try through Tom Richards after 10 minutes but, having got the bonus point try, they seemed to lose impetus, and the only further scoring was a converted try by Chichester near the end of the game.
Overall, the Wild Geese scrum was dominant throughout and pushed the Chichester scrum around at will. Chichester also had their tight-head red-carded for a second yellow, but the Wild Geese did not punish them sufficiently in playing against 14 men for more than half of the game. While the win was comfortable, there were other elements the Wild Geese were not satisfied with. They should have scored at least two more tries but the condition of the pitch, with mud everywhere, did not help their cause. However, to end on a positive note, the Wild Geese front row en bloc were awarded the ‘men of the match’ title as an indication of their dominance.