‘Keith loss is not the end of the world’
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ALTHOUGH disappointed to lose his centre, Amersham & Chiltern boss Richie Williams insists Rhys Keith’s departure will not leave him with a headache, writes Tim Street.
New Zealander Keith is due to fly back out to his native country on Monday and with no Chiltern game this weekend, last Saturday’s 40-23 defeat at London Irish Amateurs proved to be his last game for the club.
Keith bowed out in style with a try in the narrow defeat to the National Three London & SE leaders, but Williams already has plans to replace him with one of the day’s other try scorers, Jonny Hughes.
from Beaconsfield in the summer with Andy Zair and Don Wood, injury has prevented the centre from making his debut until now.
Williams said: “It was always the plan that Rhys would only be with us for a few seasons and that he would always be heading back to New Zealand. We will be sad to see him go.
“Fortunately we are quite strong in the middle of the park, and we have quite a few players who can come in, one of which is Jonny Hughes.
“We gave Jonny his debut on the wing on Saturday and he had a big impact, but he prefers to play centre and this will give him the opportunity.”
Chiltern ran the league leaders close on Saturday, holding them 18-18 at half time, and at 32-23 they were held up over the line for a chance which would have given them a bonus point try and pulled them back to within a score.
Instead, London Irish went down the other end and finished them off, making Chiltern’s clash against relegation rivals CS Rugby on Saturday week even more crucial.
Williams hopes to have another centre, Ton Shiel, back for that game, despite him suffering a dislocated finger against London Irish.
He added: “It was a really good performance on Saturday.
Amersham & Chiltern (red strip) face London Irish; (left) Rhys Keith, who is heading back to New Zealand
“Even though we lost, we once pleased with the way we attacked again showed that we can them. compete against the best teams “Tom dislocated his finger in this league. pretty badly and is seeing a
“We took the game to a really doctor, but hopefully it won’t be good side, which will give us a serious and he will be available lot of confidence, and I was for the next game.”