Southend Saxons 40, Chinnor 24.
SAXONS opened their National League Two South season with an impressive display of committed, fast running rugby that resulted in an emphatic victory.
It had been Chinnor who made the brighter start, forcing Saxons onto the back foot and the pressure resulted in Southend prop Aston Bevons-Royston being yellow-carded, a prelude to a deserved penalty try that stand-off Mark Davies converted.
Saxons needed some ball to play with and suddenly they got it, forcing a penalty. Brad Burr stepped up and sunk the kick. Two minutes later he took a perfect line collected a reverse pass and dashed under the posts to touch down and he successful converted.
Southend’s lead did not last long though as Chinnor prop Andrew Berry rumbled over for their second try of the game. Davies slotted the conversion .
Before the break the Saxons scored a fabulous try. They attacked fast and hard with the ball passing from hand to hand until it reached Ian Meads who darted over and Burr’s conversion took the score to 17-14 and a lead they were never to relinquish, finishing the half with another Burr penalty.
The second half continued in the same vein as the first half ended, it only took two minutes for the impressive Ian Meads finished off another scintillating exchange of passes to score his second out wide, though the kick was missed.
Six minutes later Sam Fombo got in on the act with a well worked forwards try, third time Burr kicking the extras.
Chinnor responded just after the hour with a try from lock Tom Burns, reducing the difference to 32-19 but Burr extended the again with another successful penalty kick four minutes later.
The Saxons had not finished though attacking swiftly down the left wing, again some bamboozling passes resulted in Sonny Gay racing down the line breaking tackles as he went over.
A number of replacements followed with what looked to be only 10 minutes left, however the clock had not taken into consideration 10 minutes injury time so Chinnor had 20 minutes to manufacture another try and secure a bonus point. They managed it with seconds to go through centre Junior Fatialofa.