Horsham told: ‘Don’t force it’

JPCT 220912 Rugby, Horsham v Tonbridge Wells. Photo by Derek Martin
JPCT 220912 Rugby, Horsham v Tonbridge Wells. Photo by Derek Martin
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Horsham RUFC have been warned not to run before they can walk following Saturday’s 39-6 defeat of Vico in London SE3.

Newly-promoted Kent side Vigo were dispatched by a comprehensive 39-6, but Stocker was concerned his side were trying to play too much rugby too early.

Kent-based Vigo took the lead with an early penalty, but once Horsham found their stride they proved too strong.

Stocker said: “Percentage rugby should not be misconstrued as unattractive rugby, especially in your own 22.

“We tried to force too many passes in the early part of the game. Better sides will capitalise on our errors.”

Vigo took an early three point lead, which was soon cancelled out by Mark Brandon’s penalty and then a Jamie Gibbs try after he pounced on a loose ball to crash over.

Despite a period of intense Horsham pressure Vigo kicked another penalty - but that was to be their final contribution. Sam Rice’s break allowed Kiwi Tyler Aitken in for a try to the left of the posts, and shortly after half time Gibbs scored his second.

The lead was extended further when Rice went over, and Ordidge then added a superb try as he finished off a move he started in his own 22. Brandon then wrapped it up with a late penalty.