Wednesday 24th April saw Seaford College U18 XV record a thrilling 18-5 win against Beacon Community College in their first win in the Sussex County Cup rugby tournament for 20 years. The final, delayed due to snow, was held at Hove Rugby Club on a dry and fast pitch, allowing quick handling and an expansive attacking style of rugby. The squad had physical challenges throughout the game, with Beacon making some excellent tackles out wide. Seaford dominated the line-outs and with a high work-rate around the field set the tone for the match. An early try by captain Lee Reilly put Seaford ahead with the score remaining 5-0 at half time.
In the second half Seaford started well only to cause an error in the opposition twenty-two. This error led to Beacon running the length of the pitch to even the scores to 5-5. Seaford were frustrated by this and instantly came back with some excellent forward work and slick hands out wide allowing vice-captain Callum Monks to score under the posts, which he also converted.
Seaford’s superior fitness and skills in the later stages of the game led to penalties being awarded with Callum Monks successfully converting them into points, providing Seaford with a commanding 18-5 lead.
Beacon fought back but teamwork and organisation was pivotal with each and every Seaford player putting their body on the line and defending together. Beacon struggled to get past the defensive line and as a result Seaford were crowned the 2013 Sussex RFU U18 County Champions.
In previous rounds Seaford recorded wins against Angmering (48-15), Collyers (52-0) and Worthing College (29-22).
With Seaford’s U16 & U14 teams reaching the semi-finals of their respective Sussex tournaments it shows the strength in depth and the progression made in recent years. With a tour to South Africa soon approaching Seaford intend to use this win as motivation to strive for success and continue developing their overall rugby and sporting success.