Haywards Heath extend unbeaten run with victory over Midhurst

Action from Haywards Heath with Midhurst on Saturday
Action from Haywards Heath with Midhurst on Saturday

Haywards Heath Rugby Club extended their unbeaten run in the Sussex Intermediate League to 16 matches with victory over Midhurst on Saturday.

The victory means Heath have yet to lose or draw a match in the league this season and move seven points clear in the title race.

Heath knew it would be far from easy as they entertained second-placed side Midhurst, who before the match had lost just once all season.

The game was a rearranged fixture after it was postponed earlier in the year due to an unplayable pitch.

Heath started with style, dominating territory and keeping Midhurst pinned in their own half.

The home side were rewarded for their early pressure, as they touched down two tries early on in the contest.

Midhurst tried to fight their way back into the match but struggled to mount a comeback.

Heath ran away with it in the end as it ended 63-13, the game was a much tighter affair than the scoreline suggested, though.

Following another strong display by his team Heath first-team head coach Jodie Levett said: “We know from previous experience what it is like to lose momentum as a team and that is the main driving force behind us wanting to keep this run going.

“Although on paper some of our results have been extremely convincing, we know that it is the rugby that is played on the pitch that counts and we will continue to work hard in training to improve in all areas.

“I am delighted to have had such a positive response from the squad this season and we are really enjoying our rugby at Heath.”

Haywards Heath will be looking to make it 17 consecutive wins when they travel to Bognor seconds on Saturday.

Anyone interested in joining supporters for the trip should email sf@hhrfc.co.uk.

There was more reason for celebration at Heath on Saturday as a number of their members made the trip to Twickenham.

The hospitality day was made possible by club sponsors BMW Vines of Gatwick.

It was England’s second game of their Six Nations campaign following a 21-16 victory over Wales at the Millenium Stadium.

And the Heath members who made the trip for Valentine’s Day were not to be disappointed as England came out 47-17 victors in their contest against Italy.

After the match Heath members were given the opportunity to put questions to Chris Robshaw and the injured Owen Farrell, while also meeting both in the BMW lounge at Twickenham.

England will be looking for a third straight Six Nations success when they travel to Ireland on March 1.

If you are interested in joining the club contact nigelcairns@hhrfc.co.uk.