Happy New Year
Horsham U14s First XV warmed up for the next installment of their league campaign in a week’s time, and welcomed in the New Year with a strong performance in an away friendly fixture on their first visit to Grasshoppers RFC (at Osterley Park near Heathrow airport).
The Green & White’s pack continued their progression as a unit, with some efficient rucking in open play and a willingness to tackle everything that moved, preventing the Grasshoppers getting any kind of forward momentum. Elliot Martin
caught the eye with an all-action performance, along with another excellent showing from Hooker Todd Lowe
at the apex of the Horsham scrum, winning most of his own as well as the opposition’s ball at the scrummages. This was helped in no small measure by the forwards getting some good cohesive shoves going.
The first half saw four Horsham tries, two converted. Rowan Murphy-Hunt
got the opener, and pick of the bunch, with a measured kick through the ‘Hoppers defence down the slope, the presence of mind to tussle for possession 5 metres out and, through strength and determination, secured the five points. Alex Clery
, George Palmer and Matt Collier
also scored well-taken tries. Two were converted. Half-time 24-0.
‘Hoppers caught Horsham cold at the start of the second half, scoring a converted try. From this point onwards the Green & Whites dominated, their forwards securing plenty of good possession, allowing the Horsham Scrum Half Nick Baynes, and particularly the Centres Clery and Murphy-Hunt, to dictate play. There were further tries for Collier, Clery and Murphy-Hunt, all converted, Fly Half Callum Boswell
kicking well. Full Back James Fitzpatrick scored the eighth try. Receiving the ball 10 metres out, he still had a lot to do, however he side-stepped his way to a well-crafted try. Last play came from Luke Saunders
who reminded us all of his ability to ghost through defences as he wiggled his way to the try line, grounding the ninth and final Horsham score. Full-time 57-7.
Thank you to the ‘Hoppers for some excellent hospitality.