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Bognor Colts storm into cup semi-finals

Bognor Colts Academy stormed into the Sussex Cup semi-finals with a 45-5 triumph over Haywards Heath Colts.


Storm Jorge could not stop the game going ahead and Horsham’s 4G pitch was the scene for a tough encounter in near perfect conditions.


Bognor started brightly with good shape to their attack as half backs Alfie Spurle and Ben Woolnough tested every part of the Haywards Heath defence.


Bognor’s defence was relentless led by George Orchard and Nathan Thompson and allowed Heath’s dangerous runners no space to operate.


Jamie Foote broke the gain line and Brad Smith released centre Freddie Hayes to run in from half way. Lewis Decarteret converted.


Bognor attacked again with Harrison Southern prominent. Charlie Weller took the ball on and quick recycling saw hooker Ethan Teasdale crash over. Decarteret added the extras.


Bognor’s only defensive lapse of the game saw Heath exploit a three on two to score their try.


Handling errors cost Bognor but they simplified their game and Owen Henton and Tyrone Makasi both made half breaks to create space before the omni-present Jack Trenham found Thompson to power over on the half-time whistle.


Bognor rang the changes at half-time and fresh legs meant they were able to exert more pressure on Heath.


Matthew Norrell and Ben Barker ruled the defensive line with punishing hits and fresh from his England Counties under-18 selection, Andrew Fadera ran strongly and provided another link between forwards and backs.


Finn Glass made a powerful run through the middle and the ball was moved wide to Hayes who took the outside shoulder and sprinted home. Decartert converted.


The Bognor lineout was exceptional all game and Charlie Jays made a positive impact.


Spurle and Woolnough continued to stretch the opposition defence and moved the ball into the wide spaces where Aquilla Matafwali looked dangerous. He linked well with Decarteret who had too much pace and stepped through to score before converting his own try.


Bognor’s defence held firm with Harry Smith impressing.


The pressure told and Decarteret and Hayes added further well-worked tries to seal a deserved home semi-final against either East Grinstead or Heathfield.


Next week the Greens host Petersfield while the Purples take on Havant.


Squad: Jack Trenham, Finlay Glass, Ethan Teasdale, Harrison Southern, Charlie Weller, Nathan Thompson, Mathew Norrell, George Orchard, Jamie Foote, Ben Barker, Charlie Jays, Andrew Fadera, Bradley Smith, Alfie Spurle, Owen Henton, Freddie Hayes, Tyrone Makasi, Aquilla Matafwali, Harry Smith, Ben Woolnough, Lewis Decarteret.

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