George Palmer helped himself to a four-try haul as Horsham RUFC’s under-15s roared to a convincing 32-0 defeat of Chichester.
The first half display was Horsham’s best 30-minutes of the season, and demonstrated how far they have come since this fixture two years ago, when they won by just a point.
Man of the match Rowan Murphy-Hunt was the architect of the win, as his inspired tactical kicking and passing moves enabled the young Green and Whites to dominate. Palmer helped himself to four tries in a row during a devastating period of Horsham play that began with Murphy-Hunt’s try under the posts after he set off from the half way line and side-stepped three Chichester tacklers.
The pick of Palmer’s tries saw him, Murphy-Hunt and fly half Callum Boswell mesmerise the Chichester defence with a dazzling passing move, while the sixth try saw second row forward Justin Dzomekhu get in on the act. Collecting a wonderful long kick over the top from Boswell, he showed sheer persistence to smash through the Chichester defence and go over in the corner.
As well as the outstanding Murphy-Hunt and Palmer, James Tandy gave another assured performance at full back, always reliable under the high ball, making strong runs at the opposition, and executing one essential try saving tackle. The pack worked hard throughout, gaining parity at the set pieces and competing well in open play at the breakdown. Joe Roche and Canice Gonzague were second half replacements.