A wet and muddy Worthing RFC hosted the Raiders match on Wednesday between two sides ready to make an impression. Oaklands had been on a bad run and the home side too had struggled in the early part of the season.
Oaklands had much of the pressure during the early encounters and it would be fair to say that Worthing were heroic in defence. The Raiders put together a performance that has as yet been unrivalled in history of Worthing College rugby. Much more organised, aggressive and enthusiastic for the hunt the Raiders put plenty of their own brand of pressure on the visitors. Unfortunately at the end of the first half with the final play two bad kicks were punished to the tune of 7points.
At the half strong messages were passed and Worthing started the better, building pressure but unfortunately not getting over the line. It was attritional throughout and there were a number of stand out performers. Tom Adams was brilliant in the scrum and in the loose making tackles and turnovers to support his claim for a starting U18 slot. Jurgen Forster again showed himself to be a big carrier of the ball and an improving scrum technician. Dunk, Lake, Gibson and Fogerty all stood up in the collisions. The defence really stepped up and looked far more assured when the home side played without the ball. Van Rooij was outstanding in very unforgiving conditions fielding all but one of the high balls (and there were plenty).
The attacking threat was less on show mainly because of the conditions but endeavour was evident throughout.
The second half never really gained a flow and both sides struggled to get into their rhythm so it was a try a piece converted Worthing and a penalty for Oaklands to make the final score 7-15 Oaklands.
More to cheer about than be down about.
Lots to work on in the second part of the year!
Forwards Tom Adams
Backs Brent Van Rooij