U13s fifth Sussex Fixture12/02/2017
The U13’s fifth Sussex league game of the season was played on Sunday 12th February at Hove, who made the visiting side welcome both on and off the pitch.
Having worked hard on defence and line speed over the past few weeks the Jersey boys announced their intention right from the start - bone crunching tackles, quick hands and try line clearances reminiscent of the recent Wales Vs England encounter gave them the edge.
A couple of early injuries to PJ Dodge, Jakob Stanton and James Kent resulted in a reshuffle that led to Hove sneaking over in the corner. Rather than taking the game to Hove Jersey crumbled for an agonising 10 minutes where nothing went right and everything went wrong. For 40 minutes of this game Jersey dominated all areas but for this madcap 10 minutes in the first half the Jersey team let their defences down. Hove slipped in three further sloppy tries. Freddie Pollard replacing Stanton at full back made two outstanding try saving clearances which would have further extended the Hove score line.
Half time 4 tries down and another hard luck story was on the cards. The Jersey boys looked at each other and led by inspirational Captain Mac Galvin they were determined to put right their mistakes from the first half. In the front row Max Tenant found his disco pants again; Jack Burns (playing out of position at hooker) was winning scrums against the head and James Kent (neatly bandaged up from two cuts) was back on the pitch causing havoc. Jersey dominated every scrum and you could see the worry on the Hove boys faces when the ref awarded a scrum - they knew what was in store for them and it always involved going backwards.
The Jersey pressure paid off and man of match Josh Stockwell burst through the flaying Hove defence to finish a wonderful team try. The tide was turning and Jersey were on the front foot. Scrum half Harvey Bracken-Smith and fly half Dylan Stocks ran the show with George Daniels at inside centre consistently switching with Stocks to fool the Hove defence. A wide ball through the backs found Jordan “Samsung” Black in acres of space - he didn't disappoint and crossed for a well-deserved second try.
Hove were feeling the pressure and brought on their big guns but they didn’t take into account the tackling of Anushan Elanco, Sebe Moffet and Brandon Guillemot who tackled opposition players much bigger than themselves.
Phase after phase brought pressure and after a couple of breaks by the ever improving Joe Cabral and the boundless energy that is Charlie “Big Unit” Courtness. Max “Disco Pants” Tennant once again danced his way through all the Hove forwards to score the third try.
The turnaround was on the cards and all the momentum seemed to be with Jersey but with time running out and the side-line full of minor injuries Hove crossed for a late score and they made certain of the victory.
Both sides acquitted themselves and showed great desire to play an open expansive game of rugby.
Alex Dombrowe the head coach of Hove was very complimentary of the Jersey boys
I hope that you had a safe trip home. Thank you for travelling to us today. I really enjoyed the match - in particular the second half.
I was really impressed with your boys - good clean rugby on the pitch and really polite and friendly off it. A credit to you, your club and themselves. “
The final score Hove 25 Jersey 15.
Lead Coach Richard Lumborg travelled with the squad with assistant coach Pete Smith and Team Manager Jane Burns
The U13s would like to thank the M&Js main sponsor ORA, their squad sponsor KPMG & match shirt sponsor AFEX.