A thrilling end-to-end match saw a last play try and conversion clinch a draw for the Greens. The game started with some confusion as Richmond turned up with only 14 men. This meant that the green squad also had to match, so unfortunately Nathan Upperton had to make way.
The game started in a sprightly fashion with Worthing on the attack. Unfortunately due to some weak defending Worthing soon found themselves under their posts. This caused for some strong words from coach Hewick. The Green’s rallied themselves and were soon back on the attack after some good work by Conor Thompson and this led to a penalty for Worthing. Conor kicked to the corner and after some good lineout work by George Jones and Marcus Lynch, ably supported by brother Iain, the ball was shipped out to the backs and some good hands saw Jacob Richards-Hart go close. Some strong forward play by Adam Boxall and Tom Adams, ended up with Simone Agostini crashing over for the Greens first score. Some strong attacking play with a good break by James Clegg saw the Greens go close again. Some excellent slow ball work by Iain Lynch and Nathan Upperton created quick ball for the backs, which James Gregory exploited, and Callum Morin was tackled 1 metre out. A stray boot unfortunately saw the ball kicked out from the ruck and a fly-hack through ended up with a foot race, which unfortunately Richmond won. 12-5 down.
After some good work at the restart by George Jones, Worthing once again found themselves on the attack. A series of quick penalties and sharp work by Jacob Richards-Hart Worthing once again had Richmond pinned down in their half. A strong carry and powerful finish by Adam Boxall got Worthing on the score sheet again.
The game continued in this topsy-turvy fashion with Worthing playing some brilliant high paced rugby led by Jesse Beecham, but unfortunately could not bring down some strong runners from Richmond. Callum Morin was dangerous throughout the game running with elusive pace. The strong scrum platform given to him by Adam Boxall, George Jones and Tom Addems allowed Callum to launch his attacks. His attacking runs were ably supported by a strong carrie from Nyasha Mushanye. This got Jacob Richards-Hart into space who skillfully drew the final defender and gave the pass to Joe Carruthers who stormed over for a score. Once again though Worthing could not hold out a Richmond attack because of weak tackling and conceded another try.
It was now Callum Morin’s turn to score a brace of tries and after beating 3 defenders he burst over for his first score. Almost off the kick off Callum gathered the ball and broke through the line and raced over for his second score. Worthing once again found themselves on the end of another score from Richmond as their tackling again let them down (a theme running here!).
Worthing restarted and attacked again down the left hand side with James Clegg, James Monaghan and Joe Carruthers all making good ground. At this point simply relseasing the backs would’ve seen Worthing walk over the line, but a pick and go ended up in a turnover and Richmond running the full length of the pitch to score. This took them into a 7 point lead going into the final minutes of the game. Worthing once again attacked putting together some lovely phases of rugby led by carries from Kieran Bradley and Tom Adams ended up woth a penalty in front of the posts. Quick thinking once again from Jacob Rochards-Hart saw the tap and go feed to Adam Boxall who powered his way over for his second try. The quick drop goal conversion took it to 27-27 and as Worthing rushed back to restart the game the ref blew full time. 27-27 draw which some really strong attacking play, could not be supported by the tackling and defense.
MOM – Jacob Richards-Hart – for accurate service all game and playing a high quick paced tempo.