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U16 Sussex 17 - 17 Hampshire


Hampshire ended their U16 season undefeated with another tense and exciting draw at Hurstpierpoint College on Sunday.
With both sides committed to play expansive rugby, Hampshire took the opening points with a try by prop Adam Warner (this time from 2m not 40!) with the conversion made by Russell Bennett.
Sussex came back with un unconverted try by their 2nd row, but Hampshire playing with the same spirit and adventure displayed in the previous two games, quickly regained the lead with a try by scrum-half Ciaran Johnston. 5-12 to Hampshire at 1/2 time.

 

A storming run from his own 22 by the Sussex wing and the conversion tied the scores at 12-12 early in the second half.

Having made all the changes from the bench, the game was coming to another nail-biting conclusion.

With 5 minutes remaining Ollie Dunger finished off another multiple phased attacking move to score in the corner, Nick Blumleins conversion fell just short to leave the score 12-17 with time running out.

Determined play by Sussex from the re-start was met with brave defence from Hampshire, but as the referee was playing out time for the last play, Sussex got the ball back and went over to tie the scores. The tricky conversion was missed and time was called on a short, sharp and successful U16 season.

 

The Coaching and Management team would like to congratulate the whole squad who have performed so well in all the County games this season.

Whilst we wait for the final gradings that will determine who moves on to the next step in the journey, everyone who has taken part this season can take great pride in the performances they have put in and in the way they have conducted themselves when wearing the Hampshire shirt.

 

Hampshire U18 20 - 3 Sussex U18

 

A strong 15 man performance from Hampshire although the score line does not reflect the part Sussex played in the game.

Hampshire started strongly but were guilty of trying to force things too much which resulted in good field position being lost.

Hampshire then settled down and a powerful run from Harrison Berresford though the centre of the Sussex defence created the opening for Chris Voss to go over for the first try.

This was converted by Donavan de Klerk to give the home side a 7 point lead.

 

This lead was quickly cut as Hampshire failed to deal with the restart properly and ended up conceding a penalty which was converted making it 7-3.

Sussex then pressed hard testing the Hampshire defence to the limit.

A creative kick over the top saw the Hampshire and Sussex wingers in a race to the ball.

Both wingers got to the ball at the same time and the referee deemed the Hampshire winger touched the ball down first.

 

Hampshire held out for the rest of the half and in the break the coaches made a couple of personnel and positional changes.

The second half started with both sides pushing hard which resulted in lots of penalties being conceded.

Hampshire's powerful forward running started to pay dividends and Simon Johnson managed to convert a penalty to give the home side a 10-3 lead.

 

Hampshire continued to press but Sussex defended well although conceded several penalties which Hampshire elected to take as scrums.

The pressure finally told and James Wise went over in the corner to take the score to 15-3.

 

Sussex then rallied and put together a series of attacks which tested Hampshire's defence to the limit and only a couple of last man tackles managed to keep Sussex out.

Hampshire finally broke out of their own half and set James Wise away on the wing.

Although James was brought down just short of the line the support was quick to arrive and Kevin Raqio went over in the corner.

 

The last 5 minutes of the game saw Sussex camped in Hampshire's half but they failed to convert the pressure into points and the game ended 20-3.

This was the best team performance of the season from Hampshire and a fitting way to end the season.

The coaches were very proud of how all 23 players equipped themselves in the match.

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