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Hat-trick seals 1st XV Daily Mail Cup Win

Rugby 1st XV

A much changed 1st XV rugby side battled to a 33-17 point victory at Worth yesterday to enter the Daily Mail Cup Fifth Round.

The game was fast paced with both sides rolling wave after wave of attack; the sort of match that could be influenced by the smallest error or a special moment in play.

Hurst began the sharper and were first to score when Rory Green closed down an attempted Worth clearance and side stepped two defenders. Worth rallied and responded brightly with a converted penalty kick to give both sides points on the scoreboard.

In an end to end half, Worth successfully used the chip and run route to notch two converted tries, split by a Zack Henry run into the far corner for Hurst. The half closed with the Worth leading 17-12.

Rugby 1st XVShortly after the break play settled on the Hurst ten metre line. Gathering from a kicked clearance Will Scrase sent the ball travelling across the Hurst back line before Richard Sharp ran a cutting angle through the defence and finished the move; sending momentum back to the visitors.

Hurst were adding pressure when a scrum, five metres from the Worth try line, resulted in another five points from Richard Sharp and two more points from the boot of Zack Henry.

Wiser to Worth's kicking game, Hurst were able to catch and carry the ball into more dangerous positions on the pitch in search of the next, potentially crucial, score.

Worth fought hard but when Brad Gayler off-loaded to Richard Sharp on the half way line, he completed his hat-trick and sent Hurst through to the next round, just two matches away from the quarter-finals. 

Delighted with his team, Coach and Director of Sport, Rob Kift, said “Given this combination had not played together before, the side gelled really well and came through with flying colours.”

This win sets up an exciting match against St Joseph’s College in Ipswich in the next round.

Posted 09/11/2012