Ditchling 12 vs 22 Burgess Hill
1st team match report:
Sat 25th November Vs Ditchling away.
Daly spoils the party!
Last Saturday the Sussex All Blacks had the honour of playing the opening fixture of Ditchling’s new rugby pitch.
Ditchling have been playing nomadic rugby for the last 18 months as their new pitch based at St James’s Montefiore cricket club was being built.
There was a large, lubricated and voiceforous crowd on the Ditchling touchline cheering on the Wild Pigs.
As expected Ditchling came out of the blocks like men possessed playing all of the rugby for the first 20 minutes.
The Ditchling fly half was orchestrating proceedings using his large second row to punch holes before fizzing the ball wide to his pacey back 3.
One break up the blindside saw the Ditchling fly half grubber kick through. The ball bounced of All Blacks winger Joe Brown straight into the arms of the Ditchling winger who ran in under the posts for the converted score.
Minutes later the Ditchling fly half missed a sitter of a penalty on the 22 as All Blacks second row Adam Rez was sent to the bin for a high tackle.
The All Blacks came into the came on the 20 minute mark. The pack started to dominate the scrum resulting in go forward ball for the backs.
Following a number of forward drives back row Andy Mackay and his terrible Movember tash crashed over for a try after a series of pick and drives by the pack. OJ narrowly missed the extras, 7-5.
The All Blacks continued to batter the Ditchling line using backs and forwards.
OJ went close during this period getting knocked into touch on the try line.
The All Blacks lost another player to the bin during this period for another high tackle.
After a series of penalties by Ditchling that saw them illegally stop a number of trys two of their players received yellow cards.
At the next scrum the All Blacks put on the squeeze before the ball was passed down the blind side where winger Mathues Gava squeezed in the corner for the unconverted score, 7-10 to end the half.
The All Blacks came out in the second half knowing they had space outwide with Ditchling missing 2 men.
Following a turnover in the All Blacks 22, Mackay span the ball to OJ who found centre George Yeates who drew two big tackles as he passed to fellow centre Dave Daly out on the wing. Daly put on the afterburners and ran 70 metres to dot down under the posts. OJ added the extras, 7-17.
The game then became very open with both teams pressing for scores.
Replacement winger John Rainima took an exquisite cross field kick from OJ before stepping 2 players and dotting down under the sticks only for the referee to adjudge he was in front of the kicker. After the game the referee admitted the sun made it hard to call but in hindsight it should have counted.
Ditchling were next on the score sheet following a bizarre passage of play. Following a 5 metre knock on in midfield the All Blacks stopped before the ball was spun wide where the Ditchling winger squeezed in the corner for the unconverted try, 12-17.
The All Blacks came straight back at the Wild Pigs and OJ now at scrum half picked up at the base of a scrum 15 metres out before passing to Brown who crashed over in the corner for the bonus point score. OJ missed the extras 12-22 to end the game.
Ditchling had improved immensley since the start of the season and showed great passages of play. The All Blacks however were unlucky not to add further scores but were pleased with the bonus point win on the road.
After the game there was a good celebration involving ale and a hog roast.
Centre Dave Daly was awarded the Ridgeview Wine Estate man of the match for spoiling the party with his 70 metre try.
The All Blacks are next in action away to Uckfield on the 9th December KO 2pm.
|November 25, 2017||2:30 pm||Harvey's of Sussex 1||2017-2018|