Worthing College Greens 7 The Weald 21
Worthing took 23 players to the Sussex League fixture at Worthing RFC on Wednesday for the opening round of fixtures. The Weald came with high expectations having thoroughly shown their quality the previous week in the Sussex Development 10s. But The Greens were keen for a better showing and made every effort in the first half to upset the odds.
The visitors showed they were in no mood to mess and took the advantage in the opening encounters, however stout Greens defence kept the line from being crossed. Unfortunately the greater early season organisation of the Weald side lead to two converted scores leaving Worthing 14-0 down after 15mins. The rest of the half was a tightly contested affair with the Greens building periods of pressure only to be thwarted by the last defender. Towards the end of the half the visitors crossed for the final score of the period, 21-0.
Worthing continued to make a number of changes taking full advantage of the rolling replacements and it was Agostini that made a big impression running hard and knocking defenders over. Hrydynskyy also took the ball on hard needing 3 defenders to stop his progress. Rogers carried well and beat defenders on each occasion. And pleasingly the Greens started to build phases putting pressure on the Weald defence. Worthing got to within 5m on 4 separate occasions before finally scoring under the posts after a great team effort. Jorge scoring his first WCR try and the extras were added by Swift. 21-7 Weald.
Worthing continued to pressure but to no extra score.
At full time the Weald ran out on balance worthy winners, although it was the Greens that were happier with the match and performance. Many players put their hand up and asked for promotion into the Blue squad and on this performance the players in the Blues have plenty to look over their shoulders for.
Swift again was impressive at 10 and the combination between he and Perrins really got the side moving well. The forwards worked well and produced some good ball and as front rows go there were stand outs from Ali, Wilcox, Boxhall, Hrydynskyy, and Blackmore out scrummaged the opposition and carried well into the defensive lines. Pepper again threatened from the back and debuts for Thompson and Freeman were impressive on the wing. Peskett ran hard in the centre with Jorge, Kruger came on and bossed the breakdown with Clarkson and Cook doing great work in the loose, putting pressure on the pack leader Lynch, who again lead from the front. Cox made an impression in the collision and with ball in hand. Wisdom continued his impressive in his second game ever and his partner in the second row McGowan got through lots of work in the loose and tight. Manley came on to the wing and showed his improvement, defending and attacking well meaning that there are no certain picks in the back three at the moment.
A great start in performance terms and a result that has pleased the coach greatly. Huge progress made from the previous week and plenty more to come. Congratulations to the boys on their efforts.