BHRFC U12’s Match report Vs Chichester 

Burgess Hill RFC U12’s chalked up another win in their first competitive league campaign to maintain their unbeaten run this season. Playing the return fixture against a talented and organised Chichester development side, the Sussex All Blacks again hauled 5 tries, this time tightening the defence to secure the win 25-15, after a 25-25 draw away at Chi before the Christmas break.

In muddy conditions, but delighted to be back playing at home, Burgess Hill received the initial kick off and immediately made inroads into Chichester territory with Second Row Eeson and Centre Armstrong displaying strong ball carries. Prop Hind followed suit with a probing run of his own until a big tackle from the Chichester defence forced a knock on. Not to be outdone, Burgess Hill’s own Prop and tackling hero Holland made a huge tackle, winning turnover for the team and fast hands through the half backs Grant and John created space for Hind to deservedly open the scoring 5-0.

From John’s kick off and a great chase from the entire Burgess Hill squad, Holland again proved instrumental in holding up the Chichester attack and force a knock on. From the subsequent All Blacks scrum, great hands again through the backs to find Clegg on a blistering run outpacing the defence and double Burgess Hill’s lead 10-0

The team were playing confident, expansive rugby and moving the ball right to left through a number of phases. Armstrong, Hind, hooker Butters and Second row Beauchamp Codd were all involved in a flowing move in the centre, before releasing John on the overlap on the outside to score for 15-0.

The conditions were draining and fresh legs brought fresh enthusiasm, with Phillips, Worgan, Lyford and Davies all coming on from the bench. Worgan got straight to work in the centre with his trademark terrier-like tackling, and the invigorated backs continued to look for gaps in the Chichester defence to exploit. Chichester scored a breakaway try despite a heroic chase from Winger Casey and Armstrong, unlucky to not make up quite enough ground. 15-5.  This stirred Chichester, and only a huge tackle from Holland halted their dreams of a comeback before the end of the first half.

The away team were enthused during their half time team talk, and the expected Chichester onslaught followed at the start of the second half. Despite great tackling from Holland and Worgan, Chichester broke wide and added another score for 15-10. Time for the all blacks to step up a gear, and so they did, led amicably by Holland, Grant and Worgan, working together to push the next red attack into touch. A thoughtful and measured kick and chase by captain John relieved the pressure, followed by exemplary rucking from Butters, Clegg and McMinn. Hill executed well a planned move from a free pass and drew a penalty. The All Blacks pressure finally told as Scrum Half Grant intelligently dived over the line to extend hill’s lead to 20-10.

Grant gave his opposite number a torrid time at every Chichester scrum and his workrate paid dividends as he forced a looping pass, intercepted by Holland on the gain line who powerfully ran in to score. 25-10. The Hardworking Chi pack never gave up, and after some slick handling of their own through the backs and some strong forward running, scored to make it 25-15. Hill worked hard to secure the victory, with full back McMinn coming out of a maul with the ball before the forwards tackled hard and effectively until the final whistle.

Every member of the squad can be delighted with their contribution to the team performance, and five different try-scorers shows the strength in depth that is developing within the squad. Player of the match as voted for by the opposition was Butters, for his attitude, endeavour and disruptiveness in hooking at the scrum. A well deserved and well managed victory. Next, the team travel to local opponents Haywards Heath and will be looking for more of the same.