The annual Sussex Cup finals at Worthing RFC took place this Wednesday, 14th March. Hurst went into the final with the greatest respect for their opponents, Warden Park, who are a strong Rugby school. Their U13 team have a very impressive record of wins, both as U13s and indeed last season as U12s. This year's Hurst U13s too had a very successful season, winning the Shield at the Sussex 7-a-side tournament held on 1st March at Christ's Hospital.
It was therefore no surprise that the match was a real thriller; both sides played their hearts out and were determined not to give way to the other. With 3 tries apiece, the pressure was on to score another try to claim the title and with the play moving from one end of the pitch to the other, it really could have gone either way. Hurst applied enormous pressure to Warden Park in the final minutes of the match but in the end could not quite get into a scoring position.
With no extra time or other way to break the deadlock at this level, the final score of 15 all meant that the title will be shared jointly; all those present would agree that this was the fairest outcome, as neither side deserved to be runners up in an exciting and fast moving game of Rugby, played with tremendous spirit, which kept the spectators on tenterhooks right to the final whistle.
A more formal match report will follow; in the meantime a selection of photographs of the action are shown below.
19 May 2013