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Hellingly 1XV - Match centre

Seaford
Hellingly
Tries
T Stone, M Harris, D Halls, S Monk, S Lwington-Booth, J Cowell
Conversions
D Searle (3)
Sat 23 Sep 15:00 - London & SE Division - Harvey's of Sussex 1 Full time

"Focus on momentum not perfection"

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Hellingly RFC extend the club's unbeaten start to 3 matches by recording a hard-fought 24-34 victory over Seaford, away from home.

The match kicked off in almost perfect conditions, as the sunshine beamed down on Seaford RFC.

There were a few chances in the opening quarter of an hour, as the Hellingly pack were able to provide quick ball for backs. We continued to dominate the scrum and lineout's, just as we have done all season to date, so it was not long before we were rewarded for our dominance and Tom stone was crossing the whitewash for his 4th try of the season.

Collecting the ball well from the restart, we forced ourselves back into Seaford's half, quickly finding ourselves 5 metres from the try line and Matthew Sands being illegally tip tackled. As I contemplated the decision to go for a scrum, knowing the pack had Seaford rattled, Mark Harris observing the space whispered in Dave Searle's ear for a quick tap penalty. This proved the right decision, as Mark Harris forced himself over the try line, seeing the referee raise his arm and award us with the second try of the game.

At 0-10, viewers may have felt this was going to be a comfortable win for the team in black and gold. Unfortunately, history was to repeat itself and Seaford showed AGAIN that they are a team to come back fighting and make life difficult for us. In fact, for the remainder of the half, Hellingly had very little ball at all. Credit to Seaford, they are experts in the pic and go game, sucking in defenders and make good use of their asset at 13. Add in a clever kicking game, keeping us pinned in our own 10 metres, we soon found ourselves conceding 2 tries before half time.

Hellingly remained confident that the game would be won. We just needed to get back to the basics, use our scrum and lineout dominance and play to the strategy we have worked so hard on in training. Fortunately, this is exactly what happened and Hellingly were able to pull away with 4 very well worked tries.

The first try came via Dan Halls, finishing off a well executed line out, the second from Scott Monk, showing the importance of support play and the third from Sam Booth, who was able to collect a chipped kick from Matthew Sands and majestically dodge onward traffic and put the ball down unscathed. The final try of the game was for Jack Cowell. Here our Player of the Match Tom Stone chased down their winger, put in a big tackle, got up, stole the ball and with an opportunity to score himself, made the decision to guarantee the try, drawing the man and putting Jack away to run in under the posts. This final act was enough to beat Seaford and prevent them from being able to catch us, despite their score in the final seconds of the game.

It was not the perfect performance and we will look forward to training on Tuesday, so we can work on a few key areas of our game. However, winning is a habit and we are building momentum this season. With 14 of the 15 points available collected already this season, we will certainly take confidence going into our game versus Uckfield next week.

Key facts:

Tom Stone x 1
Mark Harris x 1
Dan Halls x 1
Scott Monk x 1
Sam Booth x 1
Jack Cowell X 1

Conversions:

Searle x 2

Man of the match: Tom Stone.

D of the day: Tom Stone (for cutting himself shaving his legs).

Thomas Stone

Player of the Match

Thomas Stone

Key moments

5:00
Try Thomas Stone scores for Hellingly
10:00
Try Mark Harris scores for Hellingly
50:00
Try Daniel Halls scores for Hellingly
60:00
Try Scott Monk scores for Hellingly
60:00
Conversion David Searle kicks a conversion for Hellingly
70:00
Try Sam Lwington-Booth scores for Hellingly
80:00
Try Jack Cowell scores for Hellingly
80:00
Conversion David Searle kicks a conversion for Hellingly
80:00
Conversion David Searle kicks a conversion for Hellingly

Highlights

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80:00 Try 0 - 32
Jack Cowell scores for Hellingly
80:00 Conversion 0 - 34
David Searle kicks a conversion for Hellingly
80:00 Conversion 0 - 36
David Searle kicks a conversion for Hellingly
70:00 Try 0 - 27
Sam Lwington-Booth scores for Hellingly
65:00 Sub Off
David Sands is substituted off for Hellingly
60:00 Conversion 0 - 22
David Searle kicks a conversion for Hellingly
60:00 Try 0 - 20
Scott Monk scores for Hellingly
60:00 Sub Off
Daniel Halls is substituted off for Hellingly
50:00 Try 0 - 15
Daniel Halls scores for Hellingly
40:00 Sub On
Scott Monk is substituted on for Hellingly
40:00 Sub On
Dale Spiers is substituted on for Hellingly
40:00 Sub On
Sam Lwington-Booth is substituted on for Hellingly
40:00 Sub Off
Sam Cosham is substituted off for Hellingly
End of period 1
40:00 +41:00 Player of the Match
Thomas Stone is awarded player of the match for Hellingly
10:00 Try 0 - 10
Mark Harris scores for Hellingly
5:00 Try 0 - 5
Thomas Stone scores for Hellingly
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As it happened

  • Seaford
  • Hellingly
  • 0
  • Thomas Stone Try 5:00'
  • Mark Harris Try 10:00'
  • Dale Spiers Sub On 40:00'
  • Scott Monk Sub On 40:00'
  • Sam Lwington-Booth Sub On 40:00'
  • Sam Cosham Sub Off 40:00'
  • Daniel Halls Try 50:00'
  • Scott Monk Try 60:00'
  • David Searle Conversion 60:00'
  • Daniel Halls Sub Off 60:00'
  • David Sands Sub Off 65:00'
  • Sam Lwington-Booth Try 70:00'
  • Jack Cowell Try 80:00'
  • David Searle Conversion 80:00'
  • David Searle Conversion 80:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Hellingly 14 70
2. East Grinstead 14 53
3. Uckfield 14 46
4. Burgess Hill 14 40
5. Seaford 14 40
6. Eastbourne 14 20
7. Barns Green 14 5

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