Horsham take minis rugby crown

JPCT-24-11-11-CTSPORT Under-12 rugby
JPCT-24-11-11-CTSPORT Under-12 rugby

HORSHAM under-12s chalked up five wins, scoring 11 tries and conceding none on the way to lifting the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup at Pulborough.

This prestigious tournament involving clubs from both Sussex and Surrey, guaranteed high standards and competitive rugby for all the teams, and Horsham saved the best for last with a 5-0 (tries) defeat of Heathfield in the final.

The young Green and Whites started the competition slowly against Worthing, it took until the final play of the game to secure a 1-0 win against Worthing. A 2-0 victory over strong Surrey sides Cobham and another 1-0, against Dorking, followed as they got into their stride.

Bouyed by these results, Horsham went into the semi-finals confident, but wary of a tough Chobham side, who looked big, strong and well organised.

What followed was a superb display of tactical and aggressive rugby in which Horsham dominated territory and possession scoring two tries, without conceding.

Horsham’s forwards rucked and counter rucked aggressively, knocking back the Chobham pack time and time again.

This gave the backs plenty of ball which they used well, kicking tactically to keep Chobham pinned down in their own half, the backs ran excellent lines and were a constant problem.

This put Horsham in the final against a big Heathfield unit, who had held Horsham in the final of the Hove tournament to win it on try countback.

So with a feeling that there was some unfinished business to take care of Horsham blitzed Heathfield from the kick off, dominating the game in every aspect, scoring five unanswered tries against a traditionally strong Heathfield, who struggled to live with Horsham’s intensity as the strength of the forwards dovetailed well with the guile of the backs.