Youth rugby round-up: Horsham out-classed while Pulborough share spoils

Pulborough under-14s drew 22-22 with East Grinstead
Pulborough under-14s drew 22-22 with East Grinstead

Horsham under-14s were outclassed by league new-boys Jersey as they suffered a 50-0 defeat in the opening match of the season.

The young Green and Whites had no reply against a well-drilled Jersey side which had beaten most teams in the Hamshire Leagues before moving to the Sussex League. It seemed like men against boys at times, as Jersey’s strength and pace shone through - despite a bright first 15-minutes from Horsham, who scrummaged and tackled bravely.

Constant defending and tackling meant the game slipped beyond Horsham during the second half and Jersey finally won 50-0, while the young Green and Whites will hope for a less one-sided encounter against Guernsey in two weeks.

Pulborough under-14s opened their campaign with a pulsating 22-22 draw against East Grinstead.

Pacy winger Ed Miller opened the scoring on eight minutes for an unconverted try, but Pulborough were on the back foot for long periods of the first half as Grinstead took control, scoring three tries to race into a 17-5 lead.

Miller gave Boro hope when he dotted down from George Lee’s crossfield kick, and taking that increased tempo into the second half, Charlie Treasure cut the deficit further when he dotted down after out-pacing the Grinstead defence with a kick return.

This was followed a minute later with centre Sol Deller out flanking the defence and going in for another try which was converted by George Lee to give a 22-17 lead. A disallowed try followed, as Pulborough continued to apply the pressure but when and a loose tap back from a five metre lineout allowed East Grinstead to block the clearance kick and touchd the scores were levelled. Jack Wheaton was man of the match.