By Spike Kenny
First league game comes with a bonus point
An early score from Sherif Olanrewaju from an OAs handling error set the tone for the game. The first half had a succession of small errors in it from the home side, however their overall game plan held together and solid, aggressive defence and commitment around the breakdown kept momentum in their favour. Chipstead probably had the advantage in the forwards, certainly in the line out and put pressure on the OAs forwards. Aggressive, committed performances, specifically from Jack Freeman-Bell and Zion Toussaint-Jack, from the whole pack kept OAs in the game and another score before half time from Kelland Thomas-Smith kept OAs ahead, with Chipstead responding with a penalty.
In the second half Chipstead turned up the heat and put pressure on OAs bringing the score back to 10-10 with a penalty and a well worked try based on their forward power, all this with no more than 5-10 minutes to play, however OAs were not to be beaten and showed great character to score two late tries from Taurique Best-Taylor and Kelland Thomas-Smith in the remaining few minutes to take the win and more importantly the bonus point.
This was a great advert for the game, both teams were committed and played the game in a good spirit and at times there were some extremely good passages of play. More importantly both side fielded full squads of 22 players and everyone in both squads got some game time, which is what it's all about