Worthing travelled to Winchester to play the BCS league fixture against a very strong Symonds side.
The pitch was heavy and the conditions were not conducive to running rugby and the blustery wind was going to put great pressure on all involved.
The Greens kicked off into a 15point wind and pressured the home side making them fight for every inch of territory gained. Clarkson, Cook and Mee were huge pressing the Symonds half backs on the back of the great work of the front 5. The line out was functioning well and Cook was taking ball from the home side at the front. Wand’s darts were pleasingly accurate for the conditions and it seemed an area of comparative success for the Greens with Morris, McGowan and Calleja adding some go forward to the catch and drive. Hunt was bossing the breakdown with some reasonably quick ball (considering the conditions) although the attacking play was restricted due to the wet muddy ball.
The mid field defence of Scott, Thompson and McCullough was strong, putting Time pressure on the attack and breaking down the major threat until 20mins in when the home side scored out wide. The impressive Reynolds unable to stop the Symonds player in the corner although a valiant effort was offed. Kruger and Peskett on the wings were looking for work and this was a good thing as the ball was not making its way to the outside. Unfortunately it was by this stage a heavy track and the larger Symonds side were getting the upper had at the breakdown in terms of ball gained and penalties won. This lead to another two scores before the break. Half time score 17-0 Symonds.
The second half was a turgid affair played mainly between the two 22m lines. The only score was a well finished try from a centre field turn over under the posts for a 24-0 lead. That is how the match finished.
Positive points to be taken forward from the Greens point of view, the excellent scrummaging of the front rows Boxall, Calleja, Lee and Blackmoore as well as their contribution around the field. Clarkson, Cook, Packham and Kruger did some very good work on the floor and in defence, each putting their hand up for selection to the Blues squad. Hunt got a full game under his belt and delivered some good ball to Scott, who in turn bossed the game well in the second half. Thompson showed he is an attacking threat in the centre and McCullough played well off him in attack. Reynolds was excellent clearing up ball at the back and making a number of important tackles. Wand captained the side well managing the referee as best he could given that his team was often being out thought at the breakdown.
Lots to work on but plenty to be proud of!