Burgess Hill 45 vs 0 Barns Green
1st XV vs Barns Green match report 21/10/17
Last Saturday the Sussex All Blacks hosted Barns Green in the 6th league game of the season.
The All Blacks came into the game confident after 3 back to back bonus point wins and some great training sessions.
The conditions were good if you were a storm chaser however not the best for flowing rugby.
The All Blacks looked relentless in the first 20 mins with forwards and backs carrying well. The Barns Green defence was rock hard often punishing the All Black runners.
After 20 mins at a scrum the defence finally gave in. The Black pack put the squeeze on and marched the opposition backwards over their line for no.8 and Captain Dave Wattam to dot down. Fly half OJ helped by storm Brian added the extras, 7-0.
The next score came from a kick return that saw great hands and speed down the line by George Yeates, Mathues Gava and eventually full back Loz Daraio to score in the corner. Brian refused to puff and OJ missed the extras, 12-0.
The final score of the half went to hooker Andy Mackay who after a series of 30 metre rolling mauls by his pack picked from close range and scored near the sticks. OJ kept true to form, 17-0.
The half time talk was all about being patient, working the phases and the scores will come. Prop Paul Hasib was substituted at this point and it was like he had been told there was cake on the sideline. Lee Collingbourne came onto the park.
Second row Smon Eyre came out in the second half like startled rhino, leaving bodies in his wake.
Mackay was next on the score sheet thanks to a wayward kick from a Barns Green forward that should have earned him dick of the day saw Mackay collect the scraps and dot down. OJ, now with Brian at his back converted like a pro, 24-0.
This score was followed up moments later when following a number of forward drives towards the line, Barns Green hacked the ball out of the ruck right into the arms of try scoring prop sensation Lee Collingbourne. Collingbourne accepted the gift like an easter egg and dived over the line. Upon scoring Collinbourne and Wattsy recreated the pottery wheel scene from Ghost. The large crowd on the veranda brought up their lunch. Brian added the extras, 31-0.
The next score was once more a gift after a BG player was tap tackled in his own 22 he popped the ball off the deck only for Mackay to snatch the ball like a waiting Magpie dotting down between the sticks. Brian kept up his perfect half, 38-0.
The final score of the game came from a turnover in midfield the saw the ball hacked on by 3 All Blacks before substituion fly half Ollie Lewis picked up and scored under the sticks, Brian hit 4 from 4 in the half to end 45-0 to the All Blacks. We hope to see him Brian back in black soon…
Plaudits must go to Barns Green who battled all afternoon with their hooker and back row raking up monumental tackle counts.
The Ridgeview Wine Estate man of the match winning a bottle of English Fizz was second row Simon Eyre who carried well all afternoon.
Next week the All Blacks travel to Seaford KO 3pm.
|October 21, 2017||3:00 pm||Harvey's of Sussex 1||2017-2018|
Burgess Hill Vs Barns Green
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