Worthing College IIXV split in to two squads (Salt + Pepper) to play in the Sussex Development 10s competition at Lewes RFC today.
With no fewer than 32 players involved representing the college in the two group format it was a great chance for players to get game time and show their skills to the coaches.
The slightly stronger ‘Salt’ side went into battle against Beacon drawing 10-10, then the Weald loosing 0-10. A great performance against a strong Newman side delivered a 28-5 win unfortunately this could not be backed up as a very strong Collyers 1st team was too strong defeating the Worthing side 0-15. The final match in the group had the ‘Salt’ players putting in their best performance to date with an excellent effort shown by all leading to a 20-0 win over Steyning Grammar School 1st XV. With a record of W2-D1-L2 a good days work by all. Scorers Tries: Morin 2, Martin, Byrne 2, Tomlinson 2, Bryant 3, Cons: Tomlinson 4.
Tomlinson showed tenacity in defence as did Bryant in attack carrying well and abrasively. Parkin defended well and enjoyed the collisions with Byrne showing great feet to leave a number of defenders in his path. Morin showed both attacking flair and pace along with a defensive focus rarely seen at this level of play, he certainly put his hand up for Raiders selection in the coming weeks with these performances today!
The ‘Pepper’ side put in great performances in all games gaining two hard fought draws and two close loses. It was only in the last match where they were left a little out classed going down 17-0 however the other three matches achieved points scored 17 points conceded 19 so great progress shown. Of those points Seacombe scored one of the tries of the tournament from 70m, out pacing and powering the defence to finish well.
Carruthers showed his enthusiasm running well with the ball and being rewarded with a score on his way back from injury. Monaghan converted one attempt and pleasingly new signing Jurgen scored on debut, his work gained many comments on both sides of the ball. Strength and speed making him a real handful for any opposing player.
A great start to the U18 season for the squad, more to come and plenty of competition within the group can only be a good thing.