Chiswick scored 4 tries and earned a bonus point away at Belsize Park, after being 21-0 down within 20 minutes. The team were clearly still blowing away the last of the preseason cobwebs but showed great spirit in the second half to fight back and could easily have come away with more had it not been for a few errors and questionable decisions.
There were tries for debutant Eitan Humphreys, pouncing on a Jon Joyce charge down and kick through to get Chiswick’s first score, James Filbey at the back of a maul, Jon Joyce with a trademark punch through the middle and the returning James Bunbury, marking 10 months out with a 5m walk over after some sustained pressure on the line.
There is plenty of work still to do ahead of our next fixture away to Grasshoppers, but the side can take great encouragement from a good second half performance and the way they fought back to earn something from the game which in previous seasons may not have been the case.
Cooper, Dibble, Parmeter, Copperwheat, Allen-Clarke, Joyce, Kelly, Leslie-Miller (c), Humphreys, Snook, Steer, Burrows, Bunbury, East, Purkiss; Filbey, Gadsby, Small
T: Humphreys, Filbey, Joyce, Bunbury
C: Snook (2)