Awful weather but better rugby
Much better performance from 'Bridge despite the conditions. An enjoyable game of Rugby
The weather was not exactly friendly for our latest league fixture with a lot of overnight rain, and with the recent drop in temperature we were expecting a few spilled balls during the game.
'Bridge started well and it was good to see an increased level of intensity right from the kick off instead of our more usual slow start.
The game was pretty even for most of the first half with Haywards Heath's forwards coming through the middle and our pod play stretching their defence.
It wasn't the conditions for expansive rugby and with a new Scrum half and Fly half partnership, enforced through injury, we didn't really know what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised how well the boys did with this new structure and, with warmer fingers I am certain we would have beaten Heath's defensive wings on more than one occasion.
Heath broke the deadlock first with a converted try in difficult kicking conditions. 5 Minutes later, Leon evens the try tally but Harry was not able to make the extras despite a good effort.
Play remained tight with good defence from both teams until Heath broke through to score just before the break. Half time score 5 -14
The quality of the Edenbridge Rugby was far better than the opposition and the boys were trying to vary the play and catch the opposition off guard but soon after the restart, Heath broke through again to score and convert, 5-21.
This score seemed to deflate our boys for a short while and soon after Heath scored another try.
The wind and rain having picked up at this point seemed to do two things. Firstly it put their kicker off his game and he missed his conversion (Hardly surprising given the ball was hardly standing on the Tee). Secondly it seemed to pick our boys up.
The last 15 minutes was one of the gutsiest rugby I have seen and some of the best rugby we have played this season, despite the conditions.
Performances from Jacob, Braiden, Leon and Adam got the spectators thinking there was a chance of a come back.
Callum B's try was well deserved after a couple of earlier forays but that was all that came of the best spell of play we had all day. With his kick into the teeth of a ferocious wind, Harry had no chance at the conversion but had a go nonetheless.
A man of the Match performance from Bobby was sealed with a fearless covering tackle to save a certain try from Heath with one of their few spells with the ball at the end of the game.
In the end the conditions won and as the final whistle went everyone scampered to the safety and warmth of the clubhouse.
6 Tries and about 60 scrums sums up the day but despite the loss much to be proud of from our boys not least the way in which Jack and Harry took to their changed positions.
Thanks to Haywards Heath for being great opponents and we will definitely take you up on the offer of a friendly at the end of the season, if only to get our revenge!
A short well deserved rest now until our next league match which is rearranged for 7th January.