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EG 2 - Match centre

E. Grinstead 2
Lewes 2
D Stewart, L Casey, T Halligey
Tries
S Cooke
Conversions
S Cooke (4)
Penalties
Sat 20 Oct 15:00 - Sussex RFU Senior Leagues - SUSSEX DIVISION THREE EAST 'BONFIRE BOY' Full time

Two’s March On

29 - 24

Another beautiful day greeted us as we arrived at HQ prepped and ready to take on Lewes. Their results so far had been a mixed bag, so we were not really sure quite what to expect, but we weren’t to be disappointed. Lewes kicked off and immediately put us under pressure, great phase play smashed the ball into the 22 and even stout defending couldn’t keep the blue and white hoops out. And when more powerful and skilled rugby from this burly opposition, saw the huge centre break the line and feed his supporting runners to take the score to 0 - 12, things were looking grim indeed!

We had to score next, and started to look threatening with ball in hand. Cooke started creating holes and finding territory with his cultured boot, until slowly but surely up the pitch we worked, building pressure of our own. Dan Stewart was the final hero as he scored his first try for G’s, and got us on the board. Beautiful rugby followed as Cooke again walked through a hole, oh so nearly going over, but quick recycling, saw the phases build until the defence ran out and Casey crossed under the posts. 12 - 12! Real control from G’s, saw a great passage of possession force three penalties in the Lewes danger area, which Cooke slotted with aplomb, to take us clear. 21 - 12 at half time!

Make no mistake, this was an excellent Lewes side, who’s large and powerful midfield and speedy wings, posed massive questions. Thomas and Stewart in the centres were fully employed in repelling incisive and well drilled attacks, but it was a clever kick through, by the Lewes 10, changing the direction of play which finally caught our defence out, and the wing cruised in wide on our left. Another Cooke penalty seemed to have put us in control again but taking nothing for granted, we entered the last quarter determined to keep the oppo shackled. Oli Brown was electric all match (An amazing restart take was one of my highlights) and was a constant thorn in Lewes’ flesh in both attack and defence and Tom Halligey was back at his barnstorming best, with a couple of enormous trademark handoffs to keep the crowd happy and entertained. It was Tom who really turned the screw when a dominant five yard scrum walked the ball over for a fine pushover.

Any thoughts of an easy last 10 were completely destroyed however, when a fine break down the Lewes left, saw the winger streak away to score under the posts to leave the score at 29 - 24 and left us with work still to do. This was made harder when poor discipline saw a penalty kicked to touch five yards out and the pressure was really on! Fine work on the floor from the G’s big boys, saw the ref blow for a Lewes infringement and the danger was averted. Ref called last play and Cooke capped a great day by nudging the ball into touch to end a great and well matched game.

Cooke was brilliant at 10, I was so proud of our rather makeshift tight five, Ryland was magnificent all game (Even saw a smile with his banter at one point), but my MoM goes again to Oli Brown who is fast becoming a wonderful rugby player! DotD goes to Dan Stewart who was so unfit he had to come off to be sick!

Another home game against Rye next week! Please get your availability sorted asap!

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Key moments

25:00
Try Dan Stewart scores for E. Grinstead 2
35:00
Try Liam Casey scores for E. Grinstead 2
36:00
Conversion Steven Cooke kicks a conversion for E. Grinstead 2
38:00
Penalty Steven Cooke kicks a penalty for E. Grinstead 2
39:00
Penalty Steven Cooke kicks a penalty for E. Grinstead 2
40:00
Penalty Steven Cooke kicks a penalty for E. Grinstead 2
50:00
Penalty Steven Cooke kicks a penalty for E. Grinstead 2
70:00
Try Thomas Halligey scores for E. Grinstead 2

Highlights

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70:00 Try 29 - 0
Thomas Halligey scores for E. Grinstead 2
50:00 Penalty 24 - 0
Steven Cooke kicks a penalty for E. Grinstead 2
End of period 1
40:00 Penalty 21 - 0
Steven Cooke kicks a penalty for E. Grinstead 2
39:00 Penalty 18 - 0
Steven Cooke kicks a penalty for E. Grinstead 2
38:00 Penalty 15 - 0
Steven Cooke kicks a penalty for E. Grinstead 2
36:00 Conversion 12 - 0
Steven Cooke kicks a conversion for E. Grinstead 2
35:00 Try 10 - 0
Liam Casey scores for E. Grinstead 2
25:00 Try 5 - 0
Dan Stewart scores for E. Grinstead 2
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As it happened

  • E. Grinstead 2
  • Lewes 2
  • 0
  • Dan Stewart Try 25:00'
  • Liam Casey Try 35:00'
  • Steven Cooke Conversion 36:00'
  • Steven Cooke Penalty 38:00'
  • Steven Cooke Penalty 39:00'
  • Steven Cooke Penalty 40:00'
  • Steven Cooke Penalty 50:00'
  • Thomas Halligey Try 70:00'

Team selection

Baptist, Danny Baptist, Danny
Roberts, Zach Roberts, Zach
Stewart, Dan Stewart, Dan
Thomas, Ryland Thomas, Ryland
Miller, Jack Miller, Jack
Cooke, Steven Cooke, Steven
Sands, Lee Sands, Lee
Halligey, Thomas Halligey, Thomas
Brown, Oli Brown, Oli
Casey, Liam Casey, Liam
Seal, Jon Seal, Jon
Morley, Peter Morley, Peter
Evans, Max Evans, Max
Hogbin, James Hogbin, James
Phillips, Guy Phillips, Guy

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Crowboro 2 16 63
2. E. Grinstead 2 16 61
3. Hellingly 2 17 55
4. Rye 16 48
5. St. Leonards CP 16 44
6. Heathf'ld/Wal 3 16 40
7. Lewes 2 14 39

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