The 2nds visited St Francis in Crawley for a friendly after a number of weeks with no games.
As always it was a hard fought game with running rugby from both teams. Just like 4 weeks ago it was try for try between the two teams,
Uckfield opened their account with a powerful run from Ryan Bate who scythed through the defence to score ( converted) St Francis struck back after Uckfield gave up possession then an easy try. Ryan Bate then got a second giving Uckfield a 2nd converted try. Uckfield went in at half time 14- 7 ahead. However st Francis opened up the Uckfield defence for their second, closely followed by a powerful maul which put them ahead. Uckfield had a sustained period of possession in the opposition half which led to a yellow card for St Francis after numerous infringements. Uckfield finally capitalised with Rob Mayer powering over to level the scores at 19-19 with the conversion missed (apparently it was very close and on the angle)
Both teams dug in and sought a way to win the fixture. The opposition 9 an ever present threat found a way and jinked in to put the home side ahead. Uckfield couldn’t find a way to get over the line and despite some cameos from Charlie Rumary and Andrew Statham at loose head they couldn’t capitalise at the repeated scrums that ran the clock down.
Honourable mentions for props Jhny RdBrd Obrst playing both sides of the front row and the 3 St Francis players who also propped to keep it contested throughout.
MOM with a brace as well as numerous powerful carries was Ryan Bate.
DOD – Ryan Kingsley Priddy who left his boots in the URFC car park then finally joined us after rejecting numerous boots.
However as before the game was played with good spirit and jovial fun. St Francis gave MoM to a well deserved Ryan Bate for his two try’s We welcome another friendly and the “series decider” ( will definitely be more watchable than 🦁 ) when we host St Francis at home.
Thanks for all who played and came to support and we travel to Newick Rugby Football Club next week for a local derby / league fixture.
Jon Milner – “The Bard of Buxted”