London & SE Division – Harvey’s of Sussex 1
Uckfield RFC 1s 28 v Seaford RFC 1s 8
Report by Gordon Buckland
Uckfield returned to League Rugby with a home match against Seaford on a beautiful sunny autumn / winters day, the talk had been at training about the aggressive fast start Seaford always have, but it was Uckfield’s turn to come out firing on all cylinders, some big tackles were followed by some hard aggressive lines being run leading to the first try from Matt Evans, from a ruck well formed by Uckfield Evans standing in the scrum half position Matt somehow from a standing start evaded two tackles and forced his way over the line from 10 meters out, Charlie Buckland was to get the first of his four conversions from wide out on the touch line. And it was Buckland who after some good work from the forwards and a great set scrum was to create his own space with a nice step and sprint in from the 22m line scoring out wide.
Uckfield were playing some great Rugby, probably some of the best this season with no tackles been missed and good hands throughout the side, Seaford were not letting Uckfield have it all their own way and themselves playing some good rugby, but it was Uckfield again to score through Lee Evans running a great line from full back and using good fast ball from the forwards, lead admirably by Steve Hartfield to race in 21-3 at half time.
The second half was to start with a bang, but not something you every week, Buckland went for a bit to much distance on a penalty one of the Seaford players on the touch line jumped and kept the ball in play trying to knock it back to one of his own players, only for George Payne to come running in pick it up and race unchallenged behind the posts a strange score but one that was to give Uckfield ultimately a bonus point win. Final score Uckfield winning 28-8, Seaford well beaten but never giving up in what was a tough game but played in great spirit. Buckland was given the MOM, but special mention must go to both the Evan’s brothers and Tom Wilding who’s tackling and tackle count was superb.
Uckfield remain unbeaten in the League and look forward to a week break then a tough trip to Crawley who are second in the league, Head coach Mase was delighted with the result and performance and believes the balance of youth and senior players is really encouraging for this season and the future years.
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