Match report BHRFC U12’s vs Chichester U12’s

BHRFC’s mighty Under 12’s maintain their unbeaten start to the season with a 25-25 draw away at Chichester Development. The squad made the long trip to Chichester full of confidence after their first win against Hove Dev previously, despite missing some regular and experienced players. This meant a shuffle in playing positions for the team, and this was duly taken in their stride under the leadership of the Sussex All Blacks Captain Armstrong.

Hill lined up to receive kick off which was duly collected safely by Prop Hind, followed by one of his many piercing runs, forcing a penalty and a black free pass to set the level for the half. In the early stages of the game, Some fantastic teamwork at 9-10 was emerging between Holland and John, and the two combined again for the first try of the game. John executed a superb kick and chase, getting on the end of his own kick, supported by new No9 Holland with an intelligent pick and go at the base of the ruck, to score, putting Hill in front 0-5 in a very even contest. Chi were not to be outdone though and scored straight from kick off to even the scores 5-5.   Some delightful offloads through the hands of the hardworking backs paid dividends, with Centre Armstrong combining well with winger Casey making his debut. Armstrong’s trademark spin in the third phase saw him break through a tackle and over the line to score a well deserved try 5-10. Again Chi fought back with some good rugby of their own and were held up successfully by Holland and the rest of the endeavouring All Blacks defence. However, Chichester scored twice to go in front for the first time, 15-10. With Hill suddenly behind, up stepped pocket rocket Clegg, breaking through a number of tackles in a congested area, before running clear of the chasing pack to score a fantastic individual try, levelling the game again 15-15. The Hillians fourth try was orchestrated by fly half John with a delightful Show and Go, well supported by another bursting run from Hind, forcing a scrum. This time John found his other winger,  Phillips, who unselfishly set Holland on his way again to another try. The Sussex All Blacks were back in front right on the stroke of half time 15-20.

Knowing that Chichester would come out strongly for the second half, The half time team talk inspired extra confidence and belief in the team, whilst demanding some extra physicality from the players in the ruck to defend their lead, and the slope. The Hillians absorbed 10 minutes of solid pressure from the Chi attack, with a good press and organisation, but finally Chichester found a way through to level the scores again 20-20. Defending the slope was tough, but second rows Eeson and Beauchamp-Codd worked tirelessly in defence to keep Chichester at bay. Another successful kick and chase from John with support from Props Baghurst and Hind gave Hill some vital time in possession, a quick tap and go followed and Baghurst was unlucky not to score himself after a fantastic solo run, unfortunately just losing the ball forward in the tackle. Chichester got their noses in front once again with some determined running of their own to lead 25-20 with 5 minutes to play. Rallied for one final effort and inspired by a monumental tackle by Winger Phillips, the All Blacks final try came via the ever-dependable John following some great hands through the backs and it was Casey on the wing with the final pass back inside to John 25-25.

A fantastic effort from all the players with solid handling in cold conditions and most notably, such a strong defensive performance which denied Chichester scores on many occasions. Player of the match, nominated by the opposition, was Hind for his strength and direct running.