Pulborough fall short in a Christmas cracker

Will Scrase scored a hat-trick of tries for Pulborough on Saturday
Will Scrase scored a hat-trick of tries for Pulborough on Saturday

Pulborough ended up on the wrong end of Christmas cracker as they fell to another away loss in London 3 South East.

The Freelands side are yet to win away this season and closed the year with their third consecutive defeat in a see-saw affair at Park House.

Even a hat-trick of tries from Will Scrase could not end their hoodoo on the road as they just fell short of a dramatic fightback.

Pulborough captain Simon Burfiend said: “It was a fantastic game for the spectator, and a brilliant one to play in before Christmas, despite the result.

“We still picked up two losing bonus points and showed some of the best attacking rugby a Pulborough side has produced. We just went off the boil in defence for periods either side of the half.”

Soft tackling allowed a Park House lock to power his way over the line in the first five minutes of the game for a converted try, but Nick Haynes then sprinted through under the posts, with Frazer Oliphant-Hope levelling the scores with the boot.

Burfiend then took advantage of a gap and sold his opponent with a dummy to hold off the final tackle, before Scrase dived over for a converted try for a 19-7 Pulborough lead.

Park House’s lock pulled another try back and then completed the first-half comeback after securing a kicked penalty, the home side then scored twice to go ahead.

After the restart, a shell-shocked Pulborough conceded three tries in 20 minutes, two of which were converted for a 41-19 lead.

Pulborough then hit back as Scrase charged down the right wing and chip over the full-back for Dan Bullock to put the ball down.

Scrase then secured two tries in 10 minutes, the first a superb solo effort where he ran in from 25 metres. The next racing onto Oliphant-Hope’s cross-field kick and with the conversion Pulborough were within just four points of their opponents.

Park House then sealed the win, exposing the blindside with a three-man overlap, they fed the ball through the hands and raced over.

Pulborough: Blunden, Bates, Baxter, Nicholls, Reed, Bullock, Ledra, Hodgkins, Paige, Hoey, Scrase, Burfiend, Oliphant-Hope, Haynes. Subs: Baldwin, Chenoweth, West.