The green squad made the long trip to Peter Symonds in Winchester for their first game of the season. For the large majority of the squad this was their first appearance for the college. Ultimately though, the lack experience showed and the greens fell to a heavy defeat against Symonds 1st XV. The greens weren’t helped by a series of injuries which struck early in the game, meaning the subs had to be played early. Despite that many of the boys showed a large amount of heart and grit throughout the game. They showed a willingness to keep picking themselves up off the floor when it wasn’t going right and still try to put carries and tackles in. Jacob Morge carried very powerfully from the base of the scrum and in the loose, constantly causing the strong Symonds defense trouble. Jacob Parkin tackled furiously throughout the game and relentlessly broke up the attacks.
The Green lineout functioned well due to the accurate throwing of Josh Fow and the dynamic jumping of Rich Clarkson, who supported and lifted well by Adam Boxall and Reagan Peaster. Combine this with the tenacious work at the ruck time by Alfie Harrison allowed James Gregory to attempt to bring the centers Conor Thompson and Sam Bynre into the game. After few strong carries by Adam Boxall, Tom Addems and Jacob Morge, James Gregory was able to release the backs and this allowed Jimmy Seacombe to power his way upfield. Unfotunely Worthing were unable to convert this into points and the move petered out.
As the game went on Symonds gained more and more ball and their attacks proved too much for the stretched Worthing defence. Callum Morin did his heroic best to prevent this with some outstanding last ditch and gutsy cover tackles. This supported well by James Clegg who threw his body into every tackle, but unfortunately Peter Symonds were just too strong and skillful. Matt Wrigglesworth also showed a good amount of grit to consistently attempt to put hits in on a opposite number who he gave away 10kg to. Despite this Worthing relentlessly tried to attack with strong carries from Jacob Morge and Tom Addems, supported tirelessly by Tom Young and Nathan Upperton.
Good effort from the guys involved, but plenty of learning still to happen. This is just the start of the journey. The high level of gritty determination shown means boys are willing to learn and improve which bodes well for the future.
MOM: Jacob Morge and Callum Morin