Burgess Hill Under 14 Storm Match vs Uckfield
Hill kicked off down the slope and looked like they had been out for a late-night party. Slow to the ball and slow to react it was Uckfield who looked like they were up for the match. The first 10 mins the larger Uckfield pack were dominating and driving hard into All Blacks territory. Hill gave away a lazy penalty and Uckfield picked and drove to score in the corner. The conversation missed but Hill looked like they were in for a battle. 0-5 the score.
However, thankfully this woke up the Hill pack and the All Blacks started to turn over ball and keep their own.
It was from a good solid scrum that the ball was moved down the line and a pass from fly half Rogers to full back Miller who burst some average tackles and stormed down the pitch.
A tremendous tackle by the Uckfield full back stopped Miller but he was supported by centre Baker and second row Attwater – the ball popped between them and then the forwards created the ruck. Scrum half Harrison moved the ball well and Baker got on the end of a pass to cut a great line for a score. The conversation missed but the scores moved level at 5-5.
Hill now felt more comfortable and started to work into the Uckfield half. Some aggressive rucking and pick and drives created fast ball and the back line moved to centre Bennett who burst through for the score.
The conversation missed so it moved to 10-5 to Hill.
Uckfield kicked off and the ball was fielded by Rogers. Never one to be afraid to go for it, he hit the Uckfield line and smashed right through. Still with loads to do, he took the outside line, then inside, then middle and “snake hips” Rogers broke free of pursuit to score under the posts. Kicking his own conversion and it was 17-5 to Hill.
From the kick-off, Hill gathered the ball and started a series of rucks and driving plays to push into opposition territory. The quick ball was then released and the backs moved it wide. A great looping run by Baker enabled him to receive the ball out on the wing and he scored in the corner. The tricky conversion missed but Hill moved to 22-5 at half time.
At the break Hill made some changes and brought on their subs Collingbourne at Fly half and Watts in Second row. Rogers moved to outside centre and Bennett (who had come on for the injured Dale in the centre)moved to the wing with Attwater and Fox having a rest.
Hill received the kick off and got immediately onto the action. Some strong forward work to retain the ball lead to clean, quick ball for Collingbourne. Seeing the Uckfield back line rush up, the call was made and the kick went up. The kick chase was superb and the bounce fell into Rogers’s arms and he raced away to score under the posts. Another successful conversion and its 29-5.
Yet again from kick off Hill kept the ball well and with superb work by back row trio of Kyalo, Edlin and Upton, got front foot possession. The ball was moved wide again and Bennett now on the wing used his gas to burn around the outside to score under the posts. The conversion successfully made the score moves to 36-5.
Hill were now working the territory well and moved to 5m from the Uckfield line. A forward move from the line out gave Upton the ball and he powered into the defence. With several defenders on his back and several of his team mates supporting him, Upton drove for the line only to be adjudged held up.
Scrum to Hill 5m out and the pack was solid. Upton was determined this time and a no.8 pick up and slight of foot and he powered over for the try, smashing the ball down to score. The conversion missed but Hill moved to 41-5
With only a few minutes left on the clock, Hill yet again drove hard into Uckfield. Forward of the Match Kyalo was yet again part of an impressive back row creating superb ball for the backs.
Back of the Match Collingbourne received the ball and again orchestrated a backs move that gave Bennett the space to run. The defence beaten the score is under the posts and the final conversion makes it 48-5 to Hill.
Credit to Uckfield who never stopped and it required several last ditch tackles to stop them scoring.
Next week we start a 2-match run of home A team fixtures. The first on Mother’s Day vs Edenbridge. Kick off at 10.30am but remember the clocks go forward so it will feel even earlier. Followed the week after Vs Horsham.
Training as ever at the Club on Wednesday from 6.00pm to 7.30pm.
Squad: Cowle, Clegg, MacAlister, Attwater, Nelson, Kyalo, Edlin, Upton, Harrison, Rogers, Fox, Baker, Dale, Lessacher, Miller, Watts, Bennett, Collingbourne