Rugby: Horsham girls through to national quarter-finals
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In a thrilling display of skill and determination, they secured a coveted spot in the National Cup quarter-finals with a resounding victory over Dartfordians under-16s.
The scoreboard told the tale of their dominance, with Horsham emerging victorious with a convincing 44-14 win.
The match, played with fierce intensity, showcased the Horsham side's exceptional teamwork and strategic prowess.
The first 20 minutes of the game saw them diligently breaking down Dartfordians, who are currently perched at the top of the Kent Under-16 Girls’ League.
The Horsham players worked tirelessly to dismantle their opponents' defence, demonstrating a commendable level of dedication on the field.
As the game progressed, Horsham's attacking class began to shine through, leaving spectators in awe of their free-flowing rugby.
The players seamlessly transitioned from defence to attack, exhibiting a level of coordination and skill that belied their young age.
The team's ability to adapt and capitalize on opportunities was evident, and it ultimately played a pivotal role in securing their comfortable victory.
Facing off against a formidable Dartfordians side, the Horsham under-16 girls showcased not only their prowess but also their resilience.
Dartfordians, being league leaders in Kent, posed a significant challenge, but Horsham's tenacity and strategic approach proved decisive.
The Horsham girls held their own against their strong opponents, outclassing them with a brand of rugby that left a lasting impression on the spectators.
This victory not only marks a significant achievement for the Horsham under-16 girls but also underscores the depth of talent and dedication within the local rugby community.
As they now advance to the National Cup quarter-finals – the same cup that this team were in the final of last year – Horsham has become a team to watch, a testament to their hard work, commitment, and ability to perform under pressure.
Head coach Lee Collingbourne said: “What an incredible performance from the girls, securing a well-deserved place in the National Cup quarter-finals.
“I couldn't be prouder of each and every player for their dedication, teamwork, and sheer determination on the field.”
Scorers: Penalty – Holly Jackson; Tries – Maia Colombo, Leyla, Evie Collingbourne 2, Anya Geraghty, Lily Earle 2; Conversions Holly Jackson 3.
Horsham RFC’s first XV latest outing ended in a 29-17 loss at Maidenhead.
They will be hoping to recover – with plenty of home support on the sidelines to help them – when they host Bournemouth this Saturday at Coolhurst.
Bournemouth are two points ahead of them at the foot of the Regional 1 South Central table so a win would take Horsham above them.