MEN’S RUGBY BLUES v OAKLANDS H W27-20

A solid hardworking first half builds the foundations for a tactically excellent performance in the second half.

The squad arrived looking smart and ready to take on this Premier League fixture demonstrated by Jesse Beecham’s slick appearance.

Worthing started the game in brilliant fashion with frenetic level of intensity. This intensity paid off with a perfectly ran box delivered by Jesse Beecham, with Jacob Mee breaking the line, bouncing off a couple of tackles and feeding Ryan McCulloch to score out wide on the right. Gibson converted, 7-0 up after 10 minutes. Worthing spent the majority of rest of the first half under pressure through missed touch kicks and playing into a strong wind the defence held strong led by Joe Mills and Jack Lake. Although this pressure told and led to two unconverted tries from Oaklands and penalty with Worthing being 13-7 down. The last 10 minutes of the half saw Worthing gain some possession and play some excellent quick rugby with Josh Hunt working tirelessly whip the ball away from the breakdown. They worked their way up the pitch with some thunderous carries from Akeem Lawal, Jack Lake and Cassius Deschamps. This led to a penalty won by Alfie Dunk at the breakdown, which was converted by
Gibson again. 13-10 down at half time.

Majority of talk at half time focused around a change of game plan for the second half. With Worthing playing with the wind at their backs a kicking game was employed. This was brilliantly employed by Rob Foggerty and Tom Dougherty who used the wind to their advantage and got Worthing into some brilliant attack positions. This time and space to allow them to kick was created through some powerfully elusive running by Dalton Tessier and Sam Bath. This concluded with Rob Foggerty bouncing 3 defenders and barrelling his way over the line. Gibson converted again, 17-13.

Worthing sensed momentum was with them and when Josh Wand won a ball at the breakdown Taylor Morris carried Worthing forward into a strong position. The Worthing side continued battering the Oaklands defensive line with carries from Alex Masham, Alex Hydrynsky and Jordan Harkin. Gibson eventually finished and scored in the corner, he converted his own try. 24-13 in front. This score seemed to wake Oaklands up and they went on all out attack, they offloaded up the pitch and finished scoring a try under the posts, 24-20 with 5 to play, game on! Worthing held their nerve and won a penalty on the 10m, up stepped Gibson, he hit a wonderful strike to make the 27-20 and complete a brilliant performance. Well played gents.

MOM Jack Lake and Dalton Tessier.

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