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1st XV - Match centre

Heathfield & Waldron
J Whiting, J Smith, G Palmer
T Johnson (3)
Sat 11 Mar 14:00 - London & SE Division - London 2 South East Full time

Stocker left unimpressed as Horsham fail to do the basics

Nick Stocker rued his side's inability to do the basics as bottom half of the table Heathfield & Waldron came out winners against Horsham in London 2 South East.

The head coach wasn't pleased with their performance, after a poor second half showing handed their opponents victory.

With the Green and Whites basking in mid-table obscurity and hit by unavailability due to the England game at Twickenham, and Heathfield & Waldron being in greater need of a win to escape the clutches of relegation, the home side ran out deserved winners in this Sussex derby.

Horsham started strongly and took an early lead after 2 minutes with a try from Jonny Whiting after a catch and drive off a line-out. Heathfield & Waldron came back with a converted try and a penalty before the Green and Whites responded with a carbon copy catch and drive try from a line-out, this time on the other side of the pitch, scored by Jordan Smith. Tom Johnson converted both tries as Horsham took a 14-10 lead into half-time.

The second half was to be a different story as Heathfield & Waldron scored four more tries before George Palmer scored a consolation try at the end converted by Johnson.

In regards to the way his side played, Stocker said: "It was a poor performance all-round. Basic skills abandoned us all day and we couldn't get any phases going, and ultimately that kept the opposition in the game. We came out on the wrong side of it on account of the opposition fighting hard against relegation, and we are sitting in mid table obscurity without anything to win or lose. In the last 30 minutes we handed them the initiative. If you lose one of your key sources of possession and you're not getting anything from it then you can't go through many phases of pressure. I think it's due to concentration levels of individuals. The week before we didn't miss a line-out. It is a case of consistency and concentration so it's not a case of saying the guys don't lack the skills, it's due to the execution."

Up next for Horsham is a Bob Rogers Cup semi-final clash against Chichester 2nds. Stocker believes it will be a tight affair as they look to win the competition for the fourth time in a row, but is disappointed in the way some Sussex clubs have devalued this competition.

He added: "It all depends on how many first team players actually play for Chichester 2nds. They will be a good side. They're not playing National League rugby for no reason. We want to win it for the fourth time, but it's a disappointing competition to a certain extent. Unfortunately not every team has taken part, and the first game for us is already the semi-final. It is disappointing, and I know the Sussex RFU are trying not to devalue the cup. It's an opportunity to win some silverware, and I know the priority is to stay in the league but sometimes that release of pressure from league rugby actually gets the guys to perform."

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Key moments

Try Jonny Whiting scores for Horsham
Conversion Tom Johnson kicks a conversion for Horsham
Try Jordan Smith scores for Horsham
Conversion Tom Johnson kicks a conversion for Horsham
Try George Palmer scores for Horsham
Conversion Tom Johnson kicks a conversion for Horsham


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76:00 Conversion 0 - 21
Tom Johnson kicks a conversion for Horsham
75:00 Try 0 - 19
George Palmer scores for Horsham
66:00 Sub Off
Jonny Whiting is substituted off for Horsham
66:00 Sub On
Substitution on for Horsham
63:00 Sub Off
Adam Clarkson is substituted off for Horsham
63:00 Sub On
Aiden Plumpton is substituted on for Horsham
55:00 Sub Off
Liam Brady is substituted off for Horsham
55:00 Sub On
Emmet O'Rahilly is substituted on for Horsham
End of period 1
34:00 Conversion 0 - 14
Tom Johnson kicks a conversion for Horsham
33:00 Try 0 - 12
Jordan Smith scores for Horsham
3:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Tom Johnson kicks a conversion for Horsham
2:00 Try 0 - 5
Jonny Whiting scores for Horsham
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Heathfield & Waldron
  • Horsham
  • 0
  • Jonny Whiting Try 2:00'
  • Tom Johnson Conversion 3:00'
  • Jordan Smith Try 33:00'
  • Tom Johnson Conversion 34:00'
  • Liam Brady Sub Off 55:00'
  • Emmet O'Rahilly Sub On 55:00'
  • Adam Clarkson Sub Off 63:00'
  • Aiden Plumpton Sub On 63:00'
  • Jonny Whiting Sub Off 66:00'
  • Sub On 66:00'
  • George Palmer Try 75:00'
  • Tom Johnson Conversion 76:00'

Team selection

Palmer, George Palmer, George
Gonzague, Canice Gonzague, Canice
Bell, Jordan Bell, Jordan
Johnson, Tom Johnson, Tom
Crook, Dan Crook, Dan
Porter, John Porter, John
Steggles, Josh Steggles, Josh
Whiting, Jonny Whiting, Jonny
Bell, Nick Bell, Nick
Smith, Jordan Smith, Jordan
Maguire, Ryan Maguire, Ryan
Clarkson, Adam Clarkson, Adam
Barber, Giles Barber, Giles
Grantham-Hill, Rob Grantham-Hill, Rob
Brady, Liam Brady, Liam

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Medway 22 101
2. Old Colfeians 22 85
3. Dartfordians 22 81
4. Charlton Park 22 78
5. Beckenham 22 77
6. Hove 22 51
7. Horsham 22 47

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