Lewes vs Horsham
Tough 1st Game of the Season
The first U15s game of the season was also the first League match and this was always going to be a tough challenge. Both teams had realised that the top two teams in Sussex facing each other so early in what is a short league structure this year was going to be a key game. Horsham were also clearly keen to make amends having been beaten to the top spot by Lewes last year.
Horsham were bolstered by some new talented arrivals from other clubs and feature at least six players in the Quins Development squad. They are a very well drilled and organised side and Lewes were under pressure from the start with Horsham running players either side of the breakdown for multiple phases eventually leading to a score out wide with Lewes simply running out of numbers in defence and ceding the first try.
Despite the early pressure there were signs of Lewes' excellent form of last season and ability with Ollie Simonetti finishing off a strong attacking phase in the corner for a try. At 5-5 the next 10-15 minutes were a good contest with Lewes managing some good recycling and continuity in attack. However a few too many mistakes at key points were made: a forward pass here, a knock-on there meaning they were unable to capitalise. Horsham, on the other hand, scored again after a very well-structured attack leading to an overlap out wide and another try in the corner to brin the score to 10-5.
The second half was a frustrating affair for Lewes as promising attacks turned into Horsham counter-attacks either because of a turnover at the breakdown or kicks going to their wingers/full back rather than touch. Also a few lapses in concentration led to a few soft scores.
Lewes Head Coach Ben Green summarised his team's performance "The positives were some tenacious defence on our own try line denying Horsham at least three tries, some great tackling, an encouraging debut from Sid on the wing in his first game for Lewes, good rucking and clear-out in attack and our line out functioned well. The pre called line-out catch and drive leading to well executed attacking phase and Ollie once again finishing off in the corner.