Rugby – Sweet sixteen for Pulborough

Pulborough inflicted Brighton’s last defeat – narrowly – in October but the third placed seasiders came with nine consecutive wins and, intent on revenge, opened the scoring with an early try – the first by a visiting opponent this season – as they controlled first half possession. But, Hamish Godman-Dorington soon crossed the line to equalise. The second half conditions veered between blue skies, sunshine, howling gale and horizontal rain. Yet, Borough’s hard driving persistence put Brighton under pressure, resulting in a second home try, by Henry Lee, this time converted, by Will Truscott, whose subsequent penalty gave Borough a 15-5 victory, cruising them past 600 points for the season. Team Manager Roger Hunt said: “We needed that first try to take us into the second half on level pegging, then we used the wind to our advantage.” Captain Richard Nicholls, still sidelined with a knee injury, added: “I wasn’t worried at half time because the boys were keeping it so tight and the difficult conditions were then in our favour.” Borough’s sixteenth straight win leaves them on 76 points, eighteen ahead of Crawley.

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