Worthing Raiders Academy 0 Oaklands College 54

The Raiders started the game playing into a strong wind knowing it would be a tough half, but knowing also they could use it to their advantage in the second. A weak defensive start caused Worthing to be 7-0 down after the first 5 minutes. Some strong words from captain Fogerty hoped to spark Worthing into life. A strong tackle from Jack Lake at the restart allowed Worthing to gain possession, and this begun a good attack. Several phases and some good carries by Alex Hydrynskyy, Rob Fogerty and James Burger got Worthing within 5metres of the Oaklands line. Jordan Gibson powered over from the resulting ruck but unfortunately the ref deemed an accidental offside and disallowed the score. This was Worthing’s last meaningful attack for a long period of the game. Oaklands now started to use the wind to their advantage and plugged Worthing back into their own half. Weak defence allowed Oaklands to break the line several times and only some last ditch tackling by Brent Van Rooij, Matt Wrigglesworth and Jordan Harkin kept Oaklands out. Unfortunatly this could not be kept up and a Worthing started to concede tries. Wave after wave of attacks from Oaklands resulted in tries and they began to mount up. The Worthing scrum was working well with Liam Lee, Alex Hydrynskyy and Jordan Gibson dominating their opponents. Worthing went in 42-0 down at half time, outplayed, out thought and out muscled in a devastatingly efficient and clinical display from Oaklands.

Strong words were required at half time. Led by coach Hewick a significant amount of physicality was required in the second half, coupled with a better use of the rugby brain. Worthing started brightly with some strong work from Sam Fowler and Alfie Dunk. Worthing also began to get their defensive game going and James Burger and Rob Fogerty showed their physical presence. This led to a larger amount of possession and Daan Swaart put Worthing in good attacking positions using the wind to good effect. Unfortunately Worthing could not convert this into points as key mistakes during key attacking opportunities let them down.

A stronger second half performance led to Worthing only conceding 12 points, but unfortunately a weak start and an inability to ‘get in the zone’ for a game led to Worthing losing heavily. Better focus and a better understanding of how to get up for games is required if Worthing are to start putting together full game performances. The skill and talent is there but a lack of mental know how is not.

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