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3rd XV - Match centre

H'field & Waldron 3
Rye 2
Sat 6 Oct 15:00 - League Full time

Heathfield 3rds 52 v Rye 2’s 12

Heathfield 3’s came out in their new strip having only played one game so far this season which was the heavy loss against East Grinstead. Not only th

Match Report by George Warren

Heathfield 3’s came out in their new strip having only played one game so far this season which was the heavy loss against East Grinstead. Not only that but they had a number of new players who were untested in the side.
Heathfield though put Rye under early pressure inside their 22 but Rye were given a scrum on their 5 metre line. Rye won the ball but unfortunately for...
them the ball came straight out at the back and Jack Bailey was there to pick up the ball and touch down between the posts. No-one discovered where the opposition number 9 was at the time.
It wasn’t long before Heathfield were on the attack again when the ball was passed down the line through safe hands to be received by wing Simon Hollingdale who was able to place the ball between the posts.
Heathfield were demonstrating some great rucking with superb support at the breakdown , however there was a slight problem at the first scrum as one of the front row was not aware of the new “ Crouch , Touch, Set” call from the ref.
Heath were not having it all their own way and a knock on in their 22 gave Rye a good scoring opportunity, but Heathfield got possession and a great move from the scrum including a classic Brady dummy got the ball to Jez Burdett who sprinted over the try line and scored between the posts again. All these easy conversions were put over by Brady Burdett without any artificial aids.
But again Heath found themselves under pressure when Rye were awarded a free kick and one of our forwards had a brainstorm and tackled their player without retreating. A Rye scrum was won against the head and Brady Burdett cleared to touch. Not long after the father, son combination was responsible for Heaths 4th try with Brady passing to Jez who again placed the ball under the posts for his father to convert with ease.
After the restart some loose play by Heath and against the run of play allowed Rye to score an unconverted try. ButHeath had an immediate response with Simon Hollingdale making a great run and a last minute pass to Giles Ross who again managed to put the ball between the posts.
Heath now started to make mistakes giving away 2 penalties and found themselves under pressure but some good defensive work especially by Harry Vidler , enabled them to go onto the attack again, with another great passing move through the backs to Simon Hollingdale who again made an unselfish last minute pass to Greg Kneller who scored, unfortunately not under the posts, so Burdett was unable to keep his 100% record of conversions.
At half time the score was 40-5.
Early in the second half Heath were putting Rye under pressure again with Matt Skinner going over on the left wing after a series of rucks and a great passing move down the back line. A great conversion of his own try by Matt Skinner made the score 47-5.
There then followed a period of football play when the ball was kicked ( not dribbled) towards the Rye line but to no avail. Rye soon came back and were on Heaths 5 metre line but a decisive clearance by Brady Burdett eased the pressure.
One of Heaths few errors was a missed pass which went into Rye’s hands and it was a simple dash to the line which gave them their second score. Again Heath came back , and again some great rucking on the Rye 5 metre resulted in Dan Ellis scoring an unconverted try.
Heath had a lot of chances in the last minutes of the game to score but knock on’s and penalties denied them another opportunity.
Final score 52-12 to Heathfield. Considering the lack of match practice and the somewhat makeshift nature of the side Heathfield showed great teamwork, good ball handling and great support work from the forwards, which bodes well for the rest of the season. Next week there is no League game but a friendly will try to be organised.

Team: Julian Porter, Dan Ellis, Nick Evens, Kenny Lewis, Greg Kneller, Matt Skinner, Harry Vidler, Ian Schlieder, Jack Bayley, Brady Burdett, Rob Sharma, Julian Wates , Jez Burdett, Simon Hollingdale, Giles Ross, Alex Ryde, Oli Goldsworthy, Paddy O'Hara

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