Revenge is there for the taking, says Horsham rugby coach

Play it again Sam. Try scorer Sam Rice and his Horsham team take on Ashford again at home this Saturday.
Play it again Sam. Try scorer Sam Rice and his Horsham team take on Ashford again at home this Saturday.

Head coach Nick Stocker wants his Horsham rugby players to take their chance for immediate revenge with Ashford again the visitors to Coolhurst this weekend.

The Kent side defeated Stocker’s men 27-20 in London 3 South East on Saturday to stay unbeaten and ahead of another meeting in the cup Stocker said: “If we perform like we did towards the end of the match then it will be a different result.

“It’s a great chance to get revenge and it should be another cracking game in front of another big home crowd.”

Stocker praised the way his side came back into the game, from looking dead a buried at 27-6 down to finishing just one score away from getting something.

But he was again critical of his side’s errors which allowed Ashford to use their pace to hit them on the break and race into a commanding lead.

“I said in our last two wins if we continue to make errors we will be punished against a better side and that’s just what happened,” Stocker said.

“Poor passing led to three of their four tries, we made mistakes at the wrong time which resulted in a number of breakaway scores. I think the ref was out of his depth as well but at the end of the day we were at fault for presenting them with the opportunities.”

Fine second half tries from Jonny Ordidge and Sam Rice and a flawless kicking display from fly half Will Bell saw Horsham storm back into in, and Rice even had a second try chalked off right at the death with Ashford creaking.

A superb full-back display from Tyler Aitken, both in defence and attack, was the platform to Horsham’s resurgence, something the side should take into this Saturday’s rematch.

“The way we came back into it was commendable, we were a lot more clinical in the second half and showed great character,” Stocker said.

“Looking at the positives we showed good desire after going behind and our fitness at the end of the game was good, and fitness and desire are two things which will take you a long way.”

Stocker is hoping for another big crowd to cheer the side on to what he hopes is a memorable cup victory at Coolhurst.