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Chester 22 Sedgley Park 42
SEDGLEY Tigers are looking to build on a morale-boosting victory at Chester and make a push towards the promotion mix.
The Whitefield men produced their performance of the season so far to win by 20 points at a Chester side who had won four out of four going into the game.
Tigers showed an all-round quality, defending strongly when under pressure for lengthy periods and attacking with pace and penetration to rack up the points.
It took their record to three wins and two draws, leaving them seventh in National League Division Two North.
That is one place and two points above Leicester Lions, Saturday’s visitors to Park Lane, who have also begun the season with three wins and two draws.
And there is more good news on the way with captain Juan Crous due back from injury on Saturday, followed soon after by longer-term injury victims Jamie Harrison, Phil Largan and Rob Holloway.
“It’s looking much better at the moment,” said team manager Geoff Roberts.
“John Bishop and Matt Lamprey got through Saturday’s game with their injuries and next week we will have Crous back.
“And we have two wingers who will not be long coming back, Jamie Harrison and then Phil Largan behind him. Then full-back Rob Holloway, who dislocated his thumb, will be just behind him.”
Roberts was full of praise for his side’s performance at Chester where their tries were scored by Richard Wainwright, Jonny Matthews, Steve Collins, Chris Parrott and Mike Waywell.
“It was a dream start,” said Roberts. “We scored after 40 seconds, the fastest try I can remember.
“It was then nip and tuck until midway through the second half when we pulled away. It was funny because they are renowned for being very fit, but it was us who got stronger.
“It was a super performance and a great game of rugby to watch, very exciting and played at a high tempo.
“You could see how they have done well, but we were switched on and defended very well.”