‘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.

Hav­ing

joined

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.”

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