Worthing College Rugby 2nd XV 21 Berkshire Agricultural College 57

High quality attack but porous defence means the Green squad lose.

Worthing arrived at Berkshire college in good time and excited to play after Chichester College game were unable to field a team the week before. Worthing started poorly and conceded 2 early tries through some poor defence. Finally Worthing woke up and started to play rugby. After winning a penalty after some good work by Tom Adams and Alex Bryant, Matt Collier kicked a penalty to the corner. The resulting lineout was on the Berkshire 5m line and a really effective lineout involving Tom Youngs, Rich Clarkson, Alex Bryant and Michael Dingle, quick off the top ball was gained and Jacob RH delivered quickly to Ollie Jordan who combined with Matt Collier who powered his way over the gainline with a strong carry. The quick ruck ball gained allowed Tom Adams to go close with a good pick and go. With the defence out of position Jacob RH sniped and scored close to the posts, Worthing were back in the game. Converted by Collier. Worthing once again were weak defensively and allowed BCA to score. Worthing regained composure and got possession of the ball, and strong carry by Michael Dingle got Worthing in behind the defensive line and a resulting penalty once again allowed Matt Collier to kick to the corner. This time Worthing went for a drive and the strong work by the forwards got them close to the BCA line. Unable to stop the drive legally, BCA collapsed the maul and conceded another penalty. Jacob RH seized this moment and tapped and went whilst the BCA defenders were retreating and dived his way over for his second try. Collier again converted. Worthign were now in the game, and from the restart Jacob RH produced an excellent box kick to relieve the pressure. Worthing started to put BCA under pressure when defending with Jacob Park and Alex Bryant doing some real damage at the breakdown. Half-time quickly arrived.

Half-time discussions centered around Worthing continuing to maintain the ball in attack, and use pick and go’s to get the BCA defence moving backwards and to stop over commitment to the ruck when defending.

Unfortunately the defending message was not clearly received and Worthing quickly conceded a try. Unfortuantly this continued for the majority of the second half, apart from some heroic last ditch defence from Jacob Parkin, Alex Bryant, James Clegg and Brent Van Rooji. Worthing were unable to get hold the ball and found themselves underneath their posts all too frequently this half. This was interspersed with some strong scrummagain from Jurgen Forster, Liam Lee and Josh Fow.

It wasn’t until the last 5 minutes of the game Worthing burst into life again. A strong tackle by Matt Collier seemed to rally the Worthing side and a quick tap penalty on their line by Jacob RH and some good interplay by Alex Bryant, Rich Clarkson and Sam Byrne the ball found itself to James Clegg who set off and beat 3 defenders to get himself to half way. A quick ruck clearance and the resulting carry led to a Worthing penalty, which Jacob RH went quick again and attacked the BCA defence. Some good work by Tom Youngs and Ciaran Mcgowan at the breakdown allowed for quick ball and Nathan Upperton maintained the ball really well in the next carry, the ball was then worked back to the right with Ollie Jordan, Sam Byrne and James Clegg who fed the ball to Tom Youngs who dived over the corner. An excellent touchline conversion from Matt Collier meant Worthing finished with 21 points.

Worthing were good when they had the ball, but just didn’t get it enough to really challenge in the game, and a poor defence meant they really had a chance.
MOM – Jacob Richards-Hart

Scorers:

Jacob Richards-Hart X2
Tom Young 1

Matt Collier x3 conversions

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