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Lewes
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Sun 14 Jan 12:30 - Sussex Youth Leagues - U16 League 2 Full time

Lewes RFC v Crowborough RFC – U16

Determination - A Game of Two Halves

Lewes RFC v Crowborough RFC – U16
14th January 2018
Lewes was always going be a close match with very little separating both teams on paper this season but playing away and the sudden realisation we had just 15 players an hour before KO with 3 of our key players missing through a combination of illness and concussion - this was going to be a tough one for our U 16’s.
Still with absent positions filled as best we could when KO arrived it was obvious Lewes were up for a fight. Using their big forwards Lewes kept possession well and it wasn’t long before their backs scored. With Lewes 30m from our try line they moved the ball through all their backs to score again in the corner with the score line now 10-0 our boys started to retain a little more possession and with continued pressure by the forwards managed somehow to get our Hooker Henri over for a try from a maul (well that’s what it looked like from the touchline).
Lewes responded quickly with another unconverted try. With continued pressure by their big forwards they were awarded a penalty about 7m out between the posts, Lewes oddly decided to kick for goal which would prove a game changer at the end.
So, with the score 20-5 at halftime it was looking like an uphill battle. However, with a good 1st half analysis by Joe our coach and no subs to worry about our lads went into the 2nd half with the belief ‘well, we always do better in the second half’ – they generally do and I put it down to high altitude training at CRFC!
Crowborough looked a little more organised and with good pressure by the forwards were awarded a scrum about 5m out. With a solid scrum and a good shove on, our no 8 Conor picked up and scored. It was Conor again (not known for his kicking abilities) who found himself in lose play decided to hoof the ball up the pitch behind their Right Wing – it was a very well-placed kick and all that remained was a sprint for the try line by Robert our winger to score, believing they could turn it around the backs started to break tackles and it was Sam Eyres playing at 12 with a change of pace and side stepping their two centres scored to make it 20-25.
Probably the best move of the match started with a high pass by Henry at 10 which somehow Sam Eyres managed to catch, draw his opposite number and pass to Arminius at 13 to Rob on the wing who drew his opposite winger to find our no 15 - Will on his outside shoulder by this time Will was at full pace and showed a clean pair of heels to score between the posts from 40m out and with Henry getting the conversion the score was 20-31. A nerve racking 10 minutes followed particular when Lewes scored and converted. With 4 mins to go Crowborough held their own and won what was typically a game of two halves!
A great team performance with self-belief who showed great resilience, the one advantage I’ve realised in not having subs at this level is the team keep their shape!
Man of the Match goes to Charlie Bolton at Flanker who tackled everything in his way with a terrific work rate and Sam Eyres who rallied the backs, took the game to Lewes and scored a well deserved try. We still remain top of our league and go to Horsham in 2 weeks’ time. Well done boys!
Match report by Mark Pitman

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Horsham Dev 8 35
2. Crowborough 8 29
3. Bognor 8 27
4. Eastbourne 8 27
5. Worthing 7 25
6. Lewes 7 15
7. Pulborough 7 12

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