Horsham defence holds out at OA's
OA's slip up against a solid Horsham side
After a good win against Charlton Park last week the boys were feeling confident going into the game this weekend. Horsham have typically played a similar expansive game so a decent match was expected.
Unfortunately for OAs the game started off badly when a deep 22 drop out was moved quickly by Horsham to the left where the OAs defence hadn’t numbered up correctly so the 12 could slip through and beat the last man with a pass to their left wing. 7-0.
OAs did manage to exert some pressure following a Horsham knock on off the kick off which Josh Winduss knocked over for 3 points. Shortly afterwards OAs had a lineout on the 5m line but unfortunately couldn’t capitalise as there was some confusion around the call resulting in a free kick to Horsham allowing them to clear their lines. Another period of pressure coming from OAs shortly afterwards resulted in another 3 points for the home side.
At 7-6 and the game in the balance, OAs took leave of their senses, failed to clear their lines from the kick off, turned the ball over and Horsham got their second try a few phases later. 14-6.
Towards the end of the second half OAs had Horsham in their 22 only to allow them to break almost from their own try line to the OAs 22 eventually forcing a penalty to make it 17-9 going in to half time.
The second half started as breathlessly as the first ended and OAs were able to close the gap by 3 after a short period of pressure within the first five minutes.
Horsham scored their next try following a penalty kick to the corner. They hit it up a few times and their 6 scored through the middle far too easily. This was compounded when after another brief period of OAs pressure they were bundled into touch on the Horsham 22. Hitting it up with one of their big runners through the middle, Horsham got free and were able to offload to their winger on halfway who scored their fourth try of the game.
The final twenty minutes continued in the much the same vain with OAs battling away but looking a little narrow making it all too easy for Horsham to contain. Horsham had a scrum in their own half off which their full back cut a straight line between through the OAs defensive line passing to his support to dot down for their fifth and taking the game well and truly out of sight.
OAs did score a good try towards the end of the game having made a break up the middle they recycled in the Horsham 22 and eventually Will Beasley came off his wing and cut a good line on the opposite side to dot down under the posts.
It was a sobering afternoon for OAs but there were some positives including the lineout, the work rate of a number of the forwards in a high tempo match and improved discipline. However, some of the decision making, defence, positional play and trust in the system was lacking. Next week OAs travel to Heathfield and Waldron looking to regain some momentum.