Storm League Under 13s/14s Vs Hastings

Burgess Hill hosted an unknown Hastings Under 14s on yet another balmy Sunday morning and were in good spirits after last week’s match.

This week was very much seen as the buildup to the A team clash Vs Brighton in 2 weeks, so the mind set was to play to a game plan of fast hands and use width.

Hastings chose to kick and Hill immediately started to move the ball well. The early tackles were robust from the Hastings boy’s and Hill needed to recycle quickly to keep momentum. However, it was from some swift hands that Hill broke through and after only 3 mins of play, Hill’s starting fly half Rogers ran in the first try. Having dotted down, Rogers then went on to convert to make it 7-0 to Hill.

From the kick off, Hastings gave Hill space to move the ball and working it wide to speedster Bennett meant the next score was less than 2 minutes later. Rogers converted again for 14-0 lead.

Hastings kicked off varied in direction but unfortunately not in outcome. Quick hands from returning scrum half Harrison made the space for A Baker and the space on the outside was there again and the try scored. Unfortunately, the conversion missed but it was 19-0 after 7 mins.

Hill rung the changes to work on their strength in depth in key positions. Collingbourne came on to Fly half with Rogers moving to full back and with some changes in the pack, Hill took a bit of time to settle. However, strong tackling by back row of Upton, Thompson and H Baker as well as centre Clyde kept Hastings in check.

Keeping to their strengths, the All Blacks used the ball cleverly and linking well from full back, Rogers broke the Hastings line and passed to Clyde. With space available, Clyde delivered a great pass to winger Simonet who showed that the Hillians have some great pace out wide. Stripping the close in defence, Simonet ran the half and outpaced his winger for the score. The conversion was more difficult but the score moved to 24-0

Hastings started to put a bit more pressure on Hill and look after their ball. The rucking from much heavier Hastings forwards was solid and Hill needed to defend. However the Hill fitness has improved and an isolated Hastings player was tackled and the early arrival of ‘The Jackal’ Upton produced turnover ball and Hill immediately started to drive up the slope.

A series of quick rucks and good hands lead to great field position and centre A Baker burst through on the angle to score.

Collingbourne was trying his kicking boots this time and slotted the conversion to make the score 31-0.

Hastings never stopped and from the kick off tackled well and kept Hill in their own 22m. Awarded a scrum, Hastings gained solid possession and the quick footed fly half danced around the Hill tackles and made the outside. Despite last ditch attempts from the All Blacks, the Hastings fly half continued his run to score in the corner. The tricky conversion missed for 31-5 score.

As the half came to a close, Hill continued to pressure and from some solid forward and back interplay, made headway down the wings. It was a last ditch tackle from the white and blues that drove Hill winger Pearce into touch but it was a pressure line out 7m from the Hastings line.

Whilst the line out was won, it was a bit messy and the Hastings scrum half was forced back behind his own line. Throwing a speculative pass was not a good call as waiting to pounce was Hill utility forward Edlin, who caught the loose ball behind the line and dotted down. The conversion missed but was the last kick of the half to leave the score 36-5.

The second half turned around and Hill moved Collingbourne to Scrum half after a great fly half debut and Hill continued in the same form. However Hastings were determined and with strong scrummage, rucking and tackling made Hillians work very hard to keep the ball.

However, great work from the Hill pack meant No. 8 H Baker had the ball in space and busted the line to score. The conversion missed this time but 41-5 was up on the score.

Yet again from the kick off Hastings pressed in the middle but missed the outside and Bennett now back on at full back needs no second invitation. With some great inter passing and looping, more space was created and Bennett scored under the post. The conversion successfully taken by Back of the Match Collingbourne moved the score to 48-5.

Hill May have relaxed but Hastings never stopped playing. They kept up those strong runs and set piece play and stopped the score board for a while.

Nevertheless, Hill were still able to strike quickly and with yet more turn over ball, the back line used the space and Bennett was under the posts again. H Baker fancied a drop goal and was successful to make it 55-5.

The final part of the match found Hill putting pressure on the Hastings line and with relative new boy Kyalo gaining Forward of the Match for some determined tackling and strong running, Hill continued to pressure the Hastings line.

Gaining a line out 7m out from the opposition line, Hill used a set move to peel around the front of the line and H Baker ran through for the final try. The conversion missed but Hill reached the 60-5 mark.

Hastings put up a good fight and Hill will have to up their game for their next opponent.

High flying Bognor await Hill next week in what will be a very tough match with a team from the league above.

L. Cowle, H. Clegg, L. Edlin, L. Watts, F. Kyalo, S. Thompson, B. Upton, H. Baker, Z. Harrison, L. Rogers, D. Lessacher, A. Baker, T. Clyde, O. Simonet, O. Bennett, J. MacAlister, T. Nelson, J. Pearce, F. Collingbourne, M. Dale.