BHRFC U12’s Match report Vs Crowborough 8/12/19

Burgess Hill RFC U12’s made the long trip to Crowborough on a sunny but cold Sunday. Missing a number of regular backs, the team knew they were in for some extra running. The Sussex All Blacks Scrum Half Grant kicked off and the team piled on the pressure with a great chase. Captain and new Number 10 Holland flew into a tackle, created a maul and won a black scrum. In a very even match, both teams were working hard and defending well, led in particular by Clegg at Centre alongside forwards Butters and Beauchamp Codd. In the backs, McMinn was having a stormer at Full Back, sniffing out danger at every Crowborough break. It was the Sussex All Blacks that made the first score, Holland with a delightful pick and go following some lovely hands through the backs including Phillips, Clegg and Beauchamp Codd again. 0-5.

Burgess Hill were forced to defend their lead hard, and fought off a series of Crowborough attacks, with forwards and backs alike wading in with huge tackles and brave rucking. Grant executed a superb defensive kick, and the chase and tackle from winger Mander reminded the Hillians what they are all about. Camped on their own try line, the all blacks defended for their lives, before finally succumbing to the red and white pressure to make it 5-5 at half time.

The start of the second half caught Burgess Hill napping, and Crowborough took full advantage scoring an early try to take the lead 10-5. The All Blacks coaches can be delighted with the reaction of their players, rallied by going behind, to start to find some space in the backs and move the ball wider, looking to release speedy outside centre Casey into space. Burgess Hill’s second try, again courtesy of Holland, came as a result of a black scrum and fast hands to find overlaps on both wings to level the score 10-10.

Forward Hind was leading the team well and worked so hard in both attack and defence he lost his breakfast on the pitch. Burgess Hill once again took the lead following a number of monumental tackles in midfield to win the ball, and finally found space on the outside for the effervescent Clegg to score to make it 10-15. Crowborough were not to be outdone though, and despite a mammoth effort in defence from Butters, McMinn, Mander and Grant, Crowborough crossed the line again for an equalising try of their own 15-15.

With a few minutes left and everything to play for, Phillips, Butters and Clegg threw everything they could at the Crowborough line, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be and the game finished in a hard fought, thoroughly entertaining draw which kept the crowd warm on a chilly winter’s day with plenty to be happy about back at All Black Towers. The Under 12’s remain unbeaten with 1 match remaining before the end of the first waterfall phase. Next week they host Midhurst at home and look to build on a win and two draws with a final win to sign off for the festive season.