Home Friendly v Brighton
Great performance by the whole squad!
As we often do, we agreed with the Brighton coaches that we'd play 3 x 20mins with the 1st and last 20's being "The Game" and the Middle 20 for "Development" and not scoring.
The first period was hotly contested with only 5 pts being scored by Brighton after a prolonged period of pressure, so largely deserved the lead.
The referee (me!) apparently missed a clear punch by Brighton which would have resulted in a Red Card but to be fair to the Ref, the punch was off the ball and he was following play!
The last 20 was also very well contested, however after 10 mins, Tom made a run down the right wing and was caught just in their 22 but kept his head and offloaded back inside to the running on Jamie who scored under the posts and then converted to. 7-5.
The last 10 mins were back and forth, however after a period of pressure inside Brightons 22 and about 5 pick and go's, Charlie Loxley scored to the left of the posts and Archie slotted the conversion. 14-5 Final Score.
We made 12 substitutions for the Middle 20, including the Referee and I believe Brighton made 7 keeping the best players on, however our boys stuck to their guns, put in some great tackles but were overwhelmed by the size difference and Brighton score 19 unanswered points.
For some reason the Brighton coaches decided not to tell the boys how we'd structured the session so they were very confused when our lads we're celebrating their victory!
In a way great because both teams think they won!!
Well done again boys, great to have beaten a Div 1 team and now be 3/3 for the season.
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