Compared to other games we started well and had all the possession. Stand-in fly-half new boy Jake Donovan didn’t last long and came off with a bad knee and only 80% fit Matt Allen was back on. But that didn't distract us and Tom Hamblett’s line-out went straight to Ryan and the maul was driven over the line for Ollie Lewis to put down. East Grindstead came back with a penalty kick and not much happened so Coach Jones had time to teach the boys which of their body parts they should get down when tackling and Ref Lowis to tell Captain Ben Murphy off twice for Aaron Bullman’s over- stretching arm.
In second half East Grinstead continued to kick well and on one occasion our full-back slipped, yet got up fast, and then decided to slip again, and got up and second time lucky he finally managed to get hold of the ball and ran down the left side, fantastic support by Sam Minto who got the off-load and set up a very fast John Matthew who ran as if he was chased by the Peaky Blinders and scored. Soon after Ben Murphy ran as fast in the right side and we were now comfortably up 15-3.
The game went a bit dead when Sam Minto and Callum Punter made it more interesting. Sam for being sin binned as we had too many off sites – and the fact that it was Sam that was chosen he took like a man with a big smile and a chin up. Callum Punter clashed head with an East Grinstead boy and had to come off – where he got the chair and the icepack from young Jake Lawton U13 who was resting his broken arm before going to A&E. We wish both Callum and Jake a good and speedy recovery.
East Grinstead did get another try with only a handful of minutes left, and before it got too close it was Ben Murphy that secured the important fourth try and bonus point. 20-8, game over and yours truly left to watch Manchester City do the same. That turned out to be a big mistake as I clearly forgot that Green Army is the fittest team south of Hulme and there was time for another two tries – from Alex Harry and once again from John Matthews. We even managed a conversion when our full-back took his first one ever, which he apparently felt pretty proud about.
Good rugby win over a strong and good kicking side and with the extra bonus point Horsham U16 are set up for a great final league game next Sunday against Pulborough where the 3rd spot in League 1 is secured when we win with 7 points.