Haywards Heath put up a really good show and are certainly no poor side, unlucky with injuries as well during this game: we hope their scrum half who went off with a dislocated shoulder is ok.
With the score 10-10 at half-time the game seemed to be really open and up for grabs. A volley of home truths to the players from the OE coaching staff saw the Old Boys, with an immaculate display from Rob White
, pull away and win comfortably, securing the much needed bonus point.
Elthamians started strongly with Max O’Leary being put away in the corner for an early try converted by Rob White
. The lead was extended when Haywards Heath were penalised for offside, Rob White
was successful with the penalty, although another two later shots at goal were missed. Elthamians then took their foot off the gas and Haywards Heath came back strongly, first with a penalty and then a well-worked and converted try.
Home injuries forced changes with Owen Lewis
going off and Tom Lawry following him with a cut head. This brought Rob White
into the centre and Harry White
on in the second row . A fine Jonny Williams
break put Max O’Leary through for his second try at the start of the second half and with the half time words still ringing in their ears the players put in their best 20-minute spell of the season: the pace, hands, off-loads and rucking was out of the top drawer. Rob White
benefited from all this hard work and scored a superb hat-trick, all converted. He ghosted through the visitors' defence as the back division cut them to ribbons. Heath scored a late consolation try, which they thoroughly deserved, but the 20 minutes of rugby after half-time was really breathtaking.
Next week off for a toughie at Cobham...