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1st XV - Match centre

Horsham
Barking
N Bell, M Watts (5), T Blewitt, J Wilde (2), A Clarkson, E O'Rahilly (2), J Ordidge, J Mills
Full time
T Johnson (9)
Sat 23 Sep 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 2 South East

Great win for Horsham but harder tests lie ahead

Comfortable win for Horsham in their first ever fixture against Barking

Horsham entertained Barking for the first time in their history at Coolhurst on Saturday and had little idea of what to expect, however the Green and Whites came away resounding 88-10 winners after a 14 try romp and climb to third in London 2 South East. With Horsham Lions also winning this continues the 100% start made by the club’s two senior teams in league and cup competitions this season.

The visitors are going through some lean times following relegation from London 1 North at the end of last season and are now sadly a far cry from when they were playing National League rugby a few years ago.

It has been difficult for Barking to maintain such an elevated league status following high profile coach and player departures, as well as the loss of a financial backer, in a part of London where football is such a predominant sport and it is hoped that they will stabilise and soon find their feet at level 7. They have certainly been proactive in recruiting five Lithuanian nationals working locally to provide power, if inexperience, to the team.

Horsham started strongly and a charge down from a ruck after the kick-off saw Nick Bell pick up and race over the line to score in the corner. 5-0. Straight afterwards Mike Watts jinked through to score the first of his five tries off first phase scrum possession. Tom Johnson converted. 12-0. A poor clearance kick return was spun wide with a miss pass from Johnson, who found Joe Wilde, and the try was well finished by Tom Blewitt. Johnson converted from out wide off the inside of the post. 19-0 after ten minutes.

Barking came back with a brief period of pressure and secured a penalty in front of the posts when Horsham’s back line strayed offside but the kick was missed.

The Green and Whites came back and from a line-out the ball was spun wide, and Wilde saw the onrushing defence and made a perfectly weighted chip and win the race to touch down and score one handed. Johnson converted. 26-0. Watts then made a fine break and passed to the supporting Emmet O’Rahilly but he was hauled down with a desperate high tackle and the Barking player incurred a yellow card. Great interplay between Johnson, Michael Tredgett and Kyle Fairs then saw Adam Clarkson cross the line under the posts. Johnson converted. 33-0.

Barking then registered their first points on the scoreboard which was kicked by Jake Baker when Horsham conceded a penalty at the breakdown. 33-3.

Horsham responded with Bell fielding the kick-off and the ball was moved wide to O’Rahilly who beat his man to score in the corner, followed by an excellent conversion from Johnson. 40-3 after 30 minutes. Scrum-half Josh Mills made a long break, and then patience involving multiple sets of hands saw Watts finish under the posts. Johnson converted. 47-3. A searing break through the middle from Watts saw him finish under the posts. Johnson converted. 54-3. Barking’s No.8 was yellow carded and then a quick tap resulted in Johnny Ordidge unselfishly passing to O’Rahilly to score his second try of the game in the corner. 59-3 at half-time.

Horsham started the second half quickly when the kick-off was received and spun wide for Wilde to race through the middle to score his second try. Johnson converted. 66-3.

Barking however never gave-up and there was a lull in Horsham’s points scoring for 25 minutes as they came off the boil with their attacking play as their three substitutions took time to bed in. Prop Samuel John for the visitors made a barnstorming run, which was carried on by the second row but the attack ended when the ball was thrown forward, and for a while asked questions of their own of the home defence.

As the came neared its conclusion Horsham had a final flourish. O’Rahilly made a great break down the wing before leaving the field with a slight knock then following several phases from a line-out Ordidge scored out wide. 71-3. A fine multiple-hands try with inside and outside passes with Johnson, Watts and Wilde conspicuous was finished by Watts. Johnson converted. 78-3.

There was still time for Barking to score a well worked try. Horsham conceded a penalty which the visitors kicked for touch and from the ensuing driving maul, Vytautas Mudingis powered over and the try was converted by Baker. 78-10.

Horsham responded from a quick pick and go when Jonny Goward stretched his legs to gallop down the left wing and made a good inside pass for Mills in support to run in and score. 83-10. Finally from a box kick by Mills, Watts outpaced the defence to regather to run in and score his fifth try in the corner. Final score 88-10.

A great start to the season for Horsham against a side who are rebuilding after a number of difficult years but there will be far harder games to play.

Horsham head coach Nick Stocker reflected after the game: “We started quickly and maintained tempo in face of physical side which saw us move them about the park effectively. Once in our stride, our pace and execution proved a real handful to the opposition who although Barking maintained a real desire throughout, which is hugely commendable given the circumstances, they did not manage to get a toe hold in the game.

After 41 minutes and at 66-3 we slackened off and did not score again until the 67th minute which is something that we will look at. We now go into a very challenging series of fixtures in the next few weeks but with another five players returning to the fray, the selection decisions will really test the coaching team this week and beyond.

Man of the match was obviously Mike Watts. He is a huge threat in attack and we are really pleased to have him back.”

Horsham next face Beckenham away on 30 September. Whilst Beckenham have lost their last two games in London 2 South East these have been narrow defeats and against sides who are amongst the favourites for promotion. The Green and Whites know they are in for a difficult game having lost the last time the sides met in a great contest.

Key moments

1:00
Try Nick Bell scores for Horsham
3:00
Try Mike Watts scores for Horsham
4:00
Conversion Tom Johnson kicks a conversion for Horsham
10:00
Try Tom Blewitt scores for Horsham
11:00
Conversion Tom Johnson kicks a conversion for Horsham
18:00
Try Joe Wilde scores for Horsham
19:00
Conversion Tom Johnson kicks a conversion for Horsham
26:00
Try Adam Clarkson scores for Horsham
27:00
Conversion Tom Johnson kicks a conversion for Horsham
30:00
Try Emmet O'Rahilly scores for Horsham
31:00
Conversion Tom Johnson kicks a conversion for Horsham
33:00
Try Mike Watts scores for Horsham
34:00
Conversion Tom Johnson kicks a conversion for Horsham
35:00
Try Mike Watts scores for Horsham
36:00
Conversion Tom Johnson kicks a conversion for Horsham
39:00
Try Emmet O'Rahilly scores for Horsham
41:00
Try Joe Wilde scores for Horsham
42:00
Conversion Tom Johnson kicks a conversion for Horsham
67:00
Try Johnny Ordidge scores for Horsham
69:00
Try Mike Watts scores for Horsham
70:00
Conversion Tom Johnson kicks a conversion for Horsham
75:00
Try Josh Mills scores for Horsham
78:00
Try Mike Watts scores for Horsham

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Mike Watts is awarded player of the match for Horsham
78:00 Missed Conversion
Tom Johnson misses a conversion for Horsham
78:00 Try 88 - 0
Mike Watts scores for Horsham
76:00 Missed Conversion
Tom Johnson misses a conversion for Horsham
75:00 Try 83 - 0
Josh Mills scores for Horsham
70:00 Conversion 78 - 0
Tom Johnson kicks a conversion for Horsham
69:00 Try 76 - 0
Mike Watts scores for Horsham
68:00 Missed Conversion
Tom Johnson misses a conversion for Horsham
67:00 Try 71 - 0
Johnny Ordidge scores for Horsham
54:00 Sub On
Ryan Maguire is substituted on for Horsham
54:00 Sub Off
Johnny Goward is substituted off for Horsham
54:00 Sub On
Aiden Plumpton is substituted on for Horsham
54:00 Sub Off
Michael Tredgett is substituted off for Horsham
50:00 Sub On
Rob Grantham-Hill is substituted on for Horsham
50:00 Sub Off
Iain Fisher is substituted off for Horsham
42:00 Conversion 66 - 0
Tom Johnson kicks a conversion for Horsham
41:00 Try 64 - 0
Joe Wilde scores for Horsham
End of period 1
39:00 Missed Conversion
Tom Johnson misses a conversion for Horsham
39:00 Try 59 - 0
Emmet O'Rahilly scores for Horsham
36:00 Conversion 54 - 0
Tom Johnson kicks a conversion for Horsham
35:00 Try 52 - 0
Mike Watts scores for Horsham
34:00 Conversion 47 - 0
Tom Johnson kicks a conversion for Horsham
33:00 Try 45 - 0
Mike Watts scores for Horsham
31:00 Conversion 40 - 0
Tom Johnson kicks a conversion for Horsham
30:00 Try 38 - 0
Emmet O'Rahilly scores for Horsham
27:00 Conversion 33 - 0
Tom Johnson kicks a conversion for Horsham
26:00 Try 31 - 0
Adam Clarkson scores for Horsham
19:00 Conversion 26 - 0
Tom Johnson kicks a conversion for Horsham
18:00 Try 24 - 0
Joe Wilde scores for Horsham
11:00 Conversion 19 - 0
Tom Johnson kicks a conversion for Horsham
10:00 Try 17 - 0
Tom Blewitt scores for Horsham
4:00 Conversion 12 - 0
Tom Johnson kicks a conversion for Horsham
3:00 Try 10 - 0
Mike Watts scores for Horsham
2:00 Missed Conversion
Tom Johnson misses a conversion for Horsham
1:00 Try 5 - 0
Nick Bell scores for Horsham
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Horsham
  • Barking
  • 0
  • Nick Bell Try 1:00'
  • Mike Watts Try 3:00'
  • Tom Johnson Conversion 4:00'
  • Tom Blewitt Try 10:00'
  • Tom Johnson Conversion 11:00'
  • Joe Wilde Try 18:00'
  • Tom Johnson Conversion 19:00'
  • Adam Clarkson Try 26:00'
  • Tom Johnson Conversion 27:00'
  • Emmet O'Rahilly Try 30:00'
  • Tom Johnson Conversion 31:00'
  • Mike Watts Try 33:00'
  • Tom Johnson Conversion 34:00'
  • Mike Watts Try 35:00'
  • Tom Johnson Conversion 36:00'
  • Emmet O'Rahilly Try 39:00'
  • Joe Wilde Try 41:00'
  • Tom Johnson Conversion 42:00'
  • Rob Grantham-Hill Sub On 50:00'
  • Iain Fisher Sub Off 50:00'
  • Ryan Maguire Sub On 54:00'
  • Johnny Goward Sub Off 54:00'
  • Aiden Plumpton Sub On 54:00'
  • Michael Tredgett Sub Off 54:00'
  • Johnny Ordidge Try 67:00'
  • Mike Watts Try 69:00'
  • Tom Johnson Conversion 70:00'
  • Josh Mills Try 75:00'
  • Mike Watts Try 78:00'
  • Mike Watts Player of the Match 80:00'

Team selection

Watts, Mike Watts, Mike
Wilde, Joe Wilde, Joe
Blewitt, Tom Blewitt, Tom
Ordidge, Johnny Ordidge, Johnny
O'Rahilly, Emmet O'Rahilly, Emmet
Johnson, Tom Johnson, Tom
Mills, Josh Mills, Josh
Tredgett, Michael Tredgett, Michael
Jenkins, Sam Jenkins, Sam
Bell, Nick Bell, Nick
Goward, Johnny Goward, Johnny
Clarkson, Adam Clarkson, Adam
Fairs, Kyle Fairs, Kyle
Fisher, Iain Fisher, Iain
Brady, Liam Brady, Liam

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Dartfordians 6 27
2. Horsham 6 20
3. Hove 5 20
4. Charlton Park 6 20
5. Haywards Heath 5 16
6. Old Alleynians 6 13
7. Beckenham 5 13

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