Match report BHRFC U15 vs Horsham U15

On Sunday, Burgess Hill started the new Under 15s season with a tough trip to Horsham.

Still suffering from a few injuries and a couple of players ill, the squad started off in a very lack-luster manner.

Unfortunately Horsham were not so asleep and struck twice in the first 10 mins to make it 14-0.

This did wake Hill up and for the next 20 minutes looked much more like the team that has beaten Horsham several times last year. Pressure told and some great running but the back row and back 3 saw Hill push into the Horsham half.

Several phases of play lead to the gaps opening up and second row H Baker struck home with a powerful drive over the line. Collingbourne duly converted to bring it to 14-7.

The half time change seemed to galvanise Horsham and they straight away put Hill under pressure. Some good hands and passive defence allowed for the Horsham winger to make good ground. The support was there and despite the heroic back row tackling the try was scored, 19-7 to Horsham.

Unfortunately, very soon after the Horsham “pick and drive” showed how effective it was and Hill infringed. Kicking the ball into touch near the Hill line, Horsham drove hard. The All Blacks defended the mall and stopped it but the effort had dragged too many defenders in and 2 quick drives around the side lead to another Horsham score. The conversion missed again but the lead stretched to 24-7.

Hill were determined to make a fist of the match and drove hard and started to be more aggressive in the defensive line putting pressure on. This culminated in a 22m drop out by Horsham. The ball fell to Rogers who had now moved from full back to fly half and a deft catch and swivel of his hips and he was through the gap. Still with some work to do, Rogers avoided the tackles and dotted down under the posts. Converting his own try brought the score back to 24-14.

Unfortunately Rogers injured himself with 8 minutes to go and Collingbourne valiantly came back on.

However the Horsham back line were not to be stopped and a final try was scored in the corner to give a final score of 29-14.

Horsham definitely deserved the win and Hill will need to come back with more focus for their next match.

The Forward of the Match was Kyalo in the impressive back row and Back of the Match was Bennett for his running in attack and defense.

Edlin, Clegg, MacAlister, Watts, H Baker, Kyalo, Upton, Hovell, Harrison, Collingbourne, Miller, A Baker, Caney, Bennett, Rogers, Simonet.