The Greens went to Horsham to face a good first team at a wet but sunny Richard Collyers College. Receiving the kick the Green could not have had a better or more impressive start. Running through the phases with 12 of the team touching the ball and all contributing through ball maintenance and support play. Forster ran a perfect line off the ball and held the defence, Dingle ran hard with the ball and manages to link the play then the backs went to work. Collier moved the ball to Adu (on his return from injury) and Thompson toasted his man, rounded the 15 from 40m out. Also converted by Thompson Greens 7-0.
Then the wheels didn’t come off but they were not fully attached and driving in the same direction. Firstly with a scrum on their own 5m line the Greens demolished the Collyers scrum only for the ball to pop out and be stolen by the opposition 9. Great initial defence could not stop the inevitable score. 7-5 Greens. It was at this stage Worthing had difficulty meeting the expectations and interpretations of the official. A series (8 in a row) of penalties took the home side to a lead of 17-7 at the break.
Following the break the Greens got back down to work but could not change the flow of decisions and paid the price by going down a further two unconverted tries behind. 27-7 and really looking down the barrel. With the final 7mins left to play Worthing picked up where they had left off ofter the first 3mins and dominated everything. Every facet of play was thoroughly excellent in both decision making and execution. The first to benefit from this almost mesmerising team play was Seacombe scoring a team try that rivalled the first in the 2nd minute of play. Great hands moving towards the left hand touch line and wheels on the end to finish. Unfortunately not converted but more respectable on the score board. Collyers 27-12.
From the following kick off Worthing again built pressure and made for multi phase rugby again, this was pleasing to see. Great heart, determination and no shortage of skill lead to Muzahanye being stopped short in the corner, but good ball maintenance allowed more chances and Dingle reached out in front of the horns to slam down for the 5 pointer. Tomlinson added the extras and the Greens were sprinting to the halfway for the restart with the score at 27-19 Collyers. Unfortunately the whistle blower blew his whistle and it was game over.
The scrum was totally dominant to the extent that it had to be de-powered, the line out functioned well in windy conditions and the backs looked dangerous with every opportunity they had. More evidence of steady and substantial progress made.
Brilliant performances from both teams and the Greens are very much looking forward to playing Collyers again in March.
Forwards: Dingle- Big carries, solid defence and good continuity skills.
Backs: Collier- stepped in at 10, got the backs going well and lead the defensive line well.
Tries: Thompson, Seacombe, Dingle
Cons: Thompson, Tomlinson