Worthing traveled to Henley for the Premier Rugby Group 3 clash on the back of a draw last time out with SEEVIC. A few changes in the team owing to injury and representative honours allowed a number of players to step up into the jersey and stake their claim to it long term.
The game started and the Henley team immediately placed the visitors under pressure in the 22. The Raiders managed to hold out for the first10mins before the flood gates were opened. Worthing unable to hold out against the onslaught of the Henley offence.
The home side pounced on every single mistake made by the visitors and those were as a result of the excellent defensive pressure Henley were placing on each facet of the Worthing game. The scrum was holding its own, although winning the ball cleanly was an issue and Captain Lake had to manage some difficult situations at the base along with the returning Swift which they did admirably. This they did unfortunately the attacking platform was not present as neither the line out or scrum could build any sort of dominance.
At the half the Raiders were down by 38-0 and there was little that could be changed from the side line so with the only words from the coach being “line speed and tackle legs” the players took ownership of the message. The second half started more positively and some pressure was placed up on the home side but through good close contact skills and decision making this was dissipated. Worthing really looked like they had no answer to what was being thrown at them and it wasn’t until the last 5mins that the Raiders showed their attacking prowess with a great break from Steggles leading to sustained pressure in the Henley 22. With Dingle bundling over from close out to get the visitors on the board.
So with the game closed out by another Henley score Worthing left the field on the back of a 79-5 defeat. Lessons to be learned and reflections to be had, hopefully leading towards improvement in performance across all areas of rugby and college life.
See you Friday for training.
MOM: Jack Lake
Tries: Michael Dingle