Horsham youngsters win second festival crown

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FRESH from their victory at the Crawley Festival, Horsham’s under-tens have done it again.

The young Green and Whites added a second festival crown to their collection with a win at the Chi Done by Two Festival at the weekend - overcoming old foes Pulborough in the final.

Drawn in Pool B, Horsham found themselves against unknown teams from Hampshire (Fareham Heathens and Portsmouth) as well as Worthing, a team they have rarely played, while hosts Chichester A offered the regular, strong, opposition.

Great link ups between Ben Cole, Scott Saunders and Thomas Edevane led to a glut of tries which secured wins against Fareham and Portsmouth, but the forwards had their work cut out against Worthing, and substantial efforts in the rucks and mauls - plus some fine displays from Lewis Hillicks led to a third pool win.

Horsham fell behind early in against Chichester in the group decider, however Jack Robison, Oliver Sharp and Alex Heath thundered into tackles while Tom Bicknell and Jake Penticost were strong up front as they found an equalising try.

With confidence high against a larger side, Horsham then found the winning try when George Howard broke through from a line out to secure a place in the final.

In the final Horsham soaked up the Pulborough pressure well before winning good ball of their own from rucks and scrums.

Again, strong running from the backs secured a 4-1 victory to bring another trophy home, as coaches Andrew Robison, Dan Penticost and Pete Howard paid tribute to the maturity and commitment.