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East Grinstead
Seaford
B Beard (3)
Tries
S Cooke (2)
Conversions
S Cooke
Penalties
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Sat 8 Dec 14:00 - London & SE Division - Harvey's of Sussex 1 Full time

EG 1 WIN at Home

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Ben Beard scores hat-trick on senior debut

East Grinstead 22 - 3 Seaford

After last weekend's match being postponed against Burgess Hill for unplayable conditions, the senior squads were buoyed this week by the return of injured players, including Drew King coming off the bench for the 1XV as a finisher. Additionally, with the colts having an off week in their schedule, the first team were able to benefit from the addition of two colts, Ben Beard starting on the wing and George Beet coming off the bench as front row cover.

Ben Beard made a huge name for himself on his senior debut by scoring a hat-trick within the first 22 minutes of the match. Richard Dodgson and Sam Montagu executed the roles perfectly by sucking players in in the midfield, creating space out wide and distributing well to Beard on the wing for him to run all three of his tries on the right hand wing. Despite the wet conditions and the wide angels Steven Cooke was left to kick from, Cooke successfully converted two of the conversions. Later, in the second half, Cooke kicked a penalty to earn his boot 7 points in the match.

Typically, the backs get all the glory, however the forwards were dominant, despite Seaford's main strength being their pack. In the lineouts John Peaty was a nuisance, stealing the ball on a number of occasions and the scrum was also dominant with Tom Kiernan able to hook the ball on defensive scrums multiple times thanks to the shove provided by the G's pack. In the loose, as expected, Dave Bridges, Max Dewing and Connor Leggat made some huge carries, consistently making those extra yards in contact. Defensively, Ben Tottman maintaining his incredibly high standard for tackling rates, hitting anything that moved and minimising where possible the number of tackles Cooke was left to attempt to make.

Our MoM goes to Ben Beard who not only score 3 tries in 16 minutes on his debut, also made a try saving tackle, which although was deemed illegal by the referee, prevented Seaford with walking away with a potential 7 points and limited them to only taking 3 points.

Next weekend (15th December) EG 1XV face Crawley at HOME (website is wrong - swapped pitches earlier in the season). A huge turnout is expected to cheer on the boys before their well-deserved Christmas break.

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – March: Minehead Barbarians RFC

Key moments

6:00
Try Ben Beard scores for East Grinstead
6:30
Conversion Steven Cooke kicks a conversion for East Grinstead
14:00
Try Ben Beard scores for East Grinstead
14:30
Conversion Steven Cooke kicks a conversion for East Grinstead
22:00
Try Ben Beard scores for East Grinstead
32:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Seaford
63:00
Penalty Steven Cooke kicks a penalty for East Grinstead

Highlights

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63:00 Penalty 22 - 3
Steven Cooke kicks a penalty for East Grinstead
50:00 Missed Penalty
Steven Cooke misses a penalty for East Grinstead
End of period 1
32:00 Penalty 19 - 3
Penalty kicked for Seaford
22:30 Missed Conversion
Steven Cooke misses a conversion for East Grinstead
22:00 Try 19 - 0
Ben Beard scores for East Grinstead
14:30 Conversion 14 - 0
Steven Cooke kicks a conversion for East Grinstead
14:00 Try 12 - 0
Ben Beard scores for East Grinstead
6:30 Conversion 7 - 0
Steven Cooke kicks a conversion for East Grinstead
6:00 Try 5 - 0
Ben Beard scores for East Grinstead
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As it happened

  • East Grinstead
  • Seaford
  • 0
  • Ben Beard Try 6:00'
  • Steven Cooke Conversion 6:30'
  • Ben Beard Try 14:00'
  • Steven Cooke Conversion 14:30'
  • Ben Beard Try 22:00'
  • Penalty 32:00'
  • Steven Cooke Penalty 63:00'

Team selection

Gray, Ben Gray, Ben
Skipworth, Jack Skipworth, Jack
Montagu, Sam Montagu, Sam
Dodgson, Richard Dodgson, Richard
Beard, Ben Beard, Ben
Cooke, Steven Cooke, Steven
Edwards, Fin Edwards, Fin
Leggat, Connor Leggat, Connor
Tottman, Ben Tottman, Ben
Hulst, Daan Hulst, Daan
Peaty, John Peaty, John
Bridges, Dave Bridges, Dave
Dewing, Max Dewing, Max
Kiernan, Tom Kiernan, Tom
Morgan, Sean Morgan, Sean

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Uckfield 14 60
2. Crawley 14 52
3. Burgess Hill 14 49
4. Eastbourne 14 46
5. East Grinstead 14 27
6. Seaford 14 24
7. Plumpton 14 18

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