Burgess Hill Under 14s Vs Seaford

Burgess Hill Under 14s hosted Seaford Under 14s in a Storm League Match on a cold but dry Sunday. Hill had a reasonably solid team but with a few changes from last week they needed to settle early.

From the kick off, Hill kept hold of the ball well from with solid rucking by the forwards and strong running from the backs, full back Bennett quickly showed his speed and took a superb line to score the first try. The conversion missed but the All Blacks were off the mark.

Receiving the next kick off, Hill drove hard back into the Seaford lines and with a couple of passes broke through the defence. Several rucks occurred where Hill retained ball and second row H Baker drove his way over the line. Collingbourne stepped up and slotted the conversion and it was 12-0 to Hill.

The All Blacks made a series of mistakes and dropped a few passed letting Seaford gain some possession and time on the ball but the defensive line held well and forced the turnover. From this loose play by both sides, Hill fly half Rogers took the ball on himself and managed to make his way to the line to score. Collingbourne missed the wide conversion but it was now 17-0 to Hill.

Hill introduced some changes bringing in several players to try different positions to gain valuable experience. One change was Harrison trying fly half. Hill were keeping up the pressure on the Seaford line and after a series of big pushes for the line, the ball was passed out from the ruck to Harrison to make one of his trade mark dummies and score. Unfortunately, the conversion missed but the score climbed to 22-0. Hill were nearing the end of the first half and Seaford kept up a manful defensive effort with many last ditch tackles keeping out the Hillians despite strong runs from wingers Lessacher and Clyde – both showing some great strength. However, not to be out done, A Baker took a great line and forced his way over for a score. Collingbourne was accurate with the conversion and the score was 29-0 at half time.

The second half saw Hill playing up the slope and this did not seem to deter them as with only 2 minutes on the second half clock, the All Blacks had forced Seaford back into their half and won the ball. Strong running from forwards Edlin, Thompson and Upton created quick ball and enabled A Baker to break the line for a score. Conversion missed for a score of 34-0.

Hill were now realising that passing the ball creates space for wingers and that’s precisely what they did. From secure ball in their own half, Hill passed down the back line with Bennett again bursting through from full back and freeing winger Simonet to make an impressive run from his own 10m line to score. The conversion was very tricky and so the score moved to 39-0.

Back of the match Lessacher made several strong tackles and great hand offs and enabled the Hill team to keep the momentum. Forward of the match H Baker continued to make some strong runs in the middle of the pitch, creating opportunities for the Hill back line to make valuable territory.

Hill kept up the pace and kept working the ball wide and, back on the pitch again at full back, Bennett burst through to score his second try. H Baker keen to try out his drop kicking skills took the conversion successfully and it was 46-0.

The Burgess Hill pressure was starting to tell and from good team interplay Bennett found space again and ran half the pitch and scored under the posts. This time Collingbourne took the kick and made it 53-0.

Seaford never gave up and played the last 10 minutes in the Hill half putting the All Blacks defenders to the test. A series of scrums and good possession forced Hill back and, bravely turning down the 3 points from a penalty, tried to take on the Hillians. However, the All Blacks rucking remained too strong and a forced knock on ended the match.

Hill face a much stiffer challenge over the next 3 weeks facing Hastings at Home in the Storm league then high flying Bognor away in a friendly and then Brighton A in the league.

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