Burgess Hill Under 14 Development Vs Uckfield
Burgess Hill Under 14 Development team travelled to Uckfield with a full Development side this week meaning that they could complete their league match without turning it into a friendly.
The new look side had several under 13s playing but all the boys were looking forward to the match.
The match kicked off and enthusiasm overtook the back line and they were sucked in and missed the Uckfield overlap. Despite some determined cover defenders, Uckfield opened the scoring with a try. The conversion missed but is was 5-0 to Uckfield.
Hill kicked off and for 5 mins it was a game of Uckfield possession and All Blacks tackling. Despite some heroic mid field tackling by centre pairing of Dale and Fox, Uckfield worked their way down field and eventually found the gap and scored in the corner.
Again the extras were missed and the scores was 10-0 to the home side.
This seemed to Galvanise Hill with some great runs by Thompson, MacAlister and Kyalo creating space for the back line. scrum half Harrison and half Collingbourne started to swing the ball around and it was from a quick ruck that the play flowed right and winger Lessacher got the ball with loads of work to do. However, the regular matches have started to benefit the boys with improvements in lines of running and determination. Lessacher demonstrated this brilliantly with a huge hand off and then step inside to bust a tackle and run the ball in under the posts.
Collingbourne coolly stepped up and slotted the extras to bring the match to 10-7 to Uckfield
Hill really had the bit between their teeth and from the kick off drove hard into the home defence. Rucks were quick and it meant that Uckfield had to infringe to try and stop the flow and Hill were awarded the pentalty.
Showing composure, Collingbourne’s kick pushed Hill deep into the opposition 22m for the line.
Having worked on the front peel before the match, Hill executed well and Thompson drove for the line. Narrowly missing the line, the ball was recycled and Hooker Clegg and Forward of the Match Kyalo drove for the line. The ball was over and the referee awarded the try. Both Kyalo and Clegg were both being gracious saying the other scored so it was agreed as a joint try!! 😉
This meant Hill moved into the lead and after narrowly missing the conversion were now 10-12 up.
Both sides were looking a bit jaded from lots of flowing rugby and happy with Half time.
The All Blacks were feeling confident but knew that they would need to work hard to keep the bigger Uckfield runners at bay.
Hills centre defenders held firm all day and Back of Match Centre Dale was an absolute daemon tackling round the ankles and stopping Uckfield from several scores.
However once outside the centres, Uckfield moved the ball well and with some strong support scored round the outside. This time the looping move ended with the score under the posts the conversion was successful and the score moved to 17-12 to the hosts.
Yet again Hill took the play to Uckfield and several strong forward drives created some excellent ball for the backs but moves were just held out. Unfortunately it was Uckfield sensing the Hill defenders tiring again ran it wide and scored. The conversion missed so the score moved to 22-12.
Hill had yet again a burst of energy and Forwards Kyalo, MacAlister, Nelson and Thompson drove hard into the home side only to be denied by a knock on or dropped ball.
When Uckfield had the ball the All Blacks held firm and made the larger pack work for every meter. Following a counter attach from Hill after a turnover, Hill coughed up a knock on and Uckfield were awarded the scrum just outside the 22m. A quick pass by the scrum half and some fast feet by the fly half saw Uckfield score under the posts. The conversion then brought the score to 29-12.
Never giving up Hill Development side showed that they have the Hill Spirit and kept pressure on the hosts but despite a series of penalties could not quite break through.
The final score remained 29-12 to Uckfield but the All Blacks did their club and themselves proud.