Heathfield 3s 29 v Newick 2s 3
Heathfield 3s have not met a Newick side for several years, and were not sure what to expect.
Match Report: Kenny Lewis
With 3 Heathfield teams at home this week, the 3rds found themselves playing at Waldron. Heathfield 3s have not met a Newick side for several years, and were not sure what to expect.
Newick won the toss and elected to play down the hill in the first half, a decision that went down well with the Heathfield camp.
The game kicked off and for 20 minutes there was nothing between them, the forwards very well matched in the rucks and malls, with heath just edging the penalty count. A few good runs moving the ball well through the backs gave Heathfield the edge, but good tackling and lack of a final pass kept the scores at nil.
Newick were first to break the duck about half an hour in they opted to kick a well converted penalty, 0-3. The Heathfield scrum was dominant and they were starting to build some good play off the back of this platform. 35 minutes in Heathfield won the ball far left and with some flare and good lines of running, the ball worked its way down the backs hands, ending with Craig Austin-white breaking through to score far right. The conversion was narrowly missed, 5-3.
Heathfield were starting to play well, and playing as a team. But were getting frustrated and this led to a yellow card just before half time, this seemed to settle the two teams and led to a better level of rugby. The score remained the same and the teams turned around ready for the second half.
Now facing down the hill Heathfield could put their home advantage to good use. Brady Burdett had an inspired kicking game at 10 and kept giving good territory from which they could pressure the Newick defense. The next try came from a well taken line-out which set up a rolling mall. This gained momentum down the slope and Jack Bayley touched down in the corner, 10-3.
The next try came from some good forward pressure and saw Julian Porter crash through the Newick defence to score. Confident with the boot Burdett stepped forward, only to hit the post, 15-3.
Heathfield were now in the driving seat, and with some good territorial kicking and pressure they won a scrum on the 5m. The ball squirted out and Jack Bayley pounced on it to run in for what is becoming his trademark try. Brady converted in front of the posts, 22-3.
The final score of the game went to the backs. Using the slope well, passing crisply along with some good lines of running. This ended with Austin-White cutting through to score under the posts. Burdett again converted, 29-3.
This was the last kick of the game and brought to an end a well fought contest by both teams. Credit to Newick, who although tired towards the end never gave up.
This was an encouraging performance by Heathfield, who are playing more and more as a team. All played well but a few stood out, Nick Seddon played well running some good lines and tackling well. It was good to see Dan Bird back tackling everything in sight and hooking with confidence. Neil Burfield came on as a sub and played well. Man of the match however has to go to Matt Skinner, with strong running, tackling and good support through the whole game.
Well done to all who played, it was a good game to watch.
Team: Julian Porter, Mike Powderley 65, Dan Bird, Rory Burchet 65, Oli Hancock, Chunk 40, Alex Ryde, Greg Kneller, Harry Viddler, Neil Burfield 50, Matt Skinner, Ian Schlieder, Jack Bayley, Brady Burdett, Dan Ellis, Paddy O’Hara 50, Nick Seddon, Giles Ross, Simon Hollingdale, Tom Keylock 40, Craig Austin-White.