RUGBY: New look Crawley keep the winning formula

Morgan Smith, Ollie Hall and Joe Spurgeon in action for Crawley against Hellingly SUS-140929-173213002

Morgan Smith, Ollie Hall and Joe Spurgeon in action for Crawley against Hellingly SUS-140929-173213002

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Crawley overcame Hellingly despite making eight changes to their side which won last week.

Coach Steve Silver said: “The performance was not pretty and lacked some of the skill sets shown in previous weeks but every player that took to the field showed heart and put in the effort required to succeed.”

Kevin Gautier made his debut and Rhyss Gidman made his second senior appearance.since progressing from the colts.

Crawley turned over the ball from a ruck and by swiftly moving it wide exposed a big chink in the visitors defences for Luke Wilson to go over the line for the first points of the day with an Andy Evans conversion to follow.

The visitors levelled the score within a minute in a similar manner.

The spectators were now to be treated to an end to end try fest as both sides ran riot through each other defences with four tries being registered in within 15 minutes. Spurgeon set up Steve Cockram to score in his first game this season.

Hellingly went into half-time in the lead socring two more tries either side of one by Ben Searle for Crawley.

The point was to be made during half time break that defence in the next half was to be key, neither side were performing well in this aspect of the game and Crawley needed to take control of their destiny.

The second half started ferociously but it was the home forwards that seemed to have raised a spark and a break from Rob Gilliat was rewarded as he performed a pirouette to break a tackle to reach for the line for a score against the post.

Crawley that awarded the visitors a penalty 40 metres from the posts which fell short and the referees whistle that followed blew relief for this young home side.

Crawley: Eaton, Gautier, Gidman, Gosling, Harding, Hall, Morgan-Smith, J Spurgeon, Searle, Evans, A Spurgeon, Bowen, L Wilson, Moffat, Cockram, Barnes, Craddock, Gilliat.