Horsham rugby youngsters link-up with Harlequins

Horsham under-13s Lewis Kirby, Joe Blake, Aaron Lindfield and Vince Everitt
Horsham under-13s Lewis Kirby, Joe Blake, Aaron Lindfield and Vince Everitt

Four young members of Horsham RUFC’s under-13s are on track for the Premiership after joining Harlequins.

Lewis Kirby, Joe Blake, Aaron Lindfield and Vince Everitt have been selected by the Aviva Premiership champions to join the Harlequins Scholl of Rugby, after a successful trial at Brighton RFC.

Head Coach Dayle Kirby said: “This was a brilliant achievement for any boy but to have four boys from the same team was truly exceptional.”

The four boys enjoyed their first training session with the Harlequins coaches on Monday 7th January.

Meanwhile, Horsham’s under-13s suffered their first defeat of the season when they went down 24-17 to 2012 County Champions Brighton Blues.

The Green and Whites enjoyed good early pressure, but Brighton scored first thanks to a vital turnover and some quick hands sent their outside centre away. That pattern was almost repeated when Horsham lost possession and with a lack of numbers in support, conceded a second try, despite desperate attempts to tackle the runner.

Galvanised by falling 14 points behind, Horsham capitalised on a fumble deep in Brighton territory and captain Joseph Blake gathered the loose ball before outpacing the home defence to score out wide. He followed that up with an excellent conversion, and continued to lead the Horsham charge moments later.

Blake’s clever chip over the flat Brighton defence allowed Joseph Humphries to collect and step inside his man to score under the posts. Blake converted to end an enthralling half all square at 14-14.

Brighton jumped into an early second half lead though, as two unconverted tries put them 24-14 ahead.

Oscar Quigley and Vincent Everitt attempted to make inroads for Horsha, but indiscipline at the breakdown allowed Brighton to relieve the pressure. With six minutes until to play, Joseph Blake slotted a penalty to at least ensure the Green and Whites earned a losing bonus point.

Backs coach James Penny said: “We played some excellent rugby. The only real difference between the sides was a handful of missed tackles.”