Worthing College 2nd XV 22 The Weald 8

Quality Green performance takes them through to the final

The Greens dominated possession and territory to win this semi-final clash against the Weald, demonstrating their progress this year. The early exchanges were brutal with some high quality defending and some large tackles going in form each side. Ciaran Mcgowan, Alex Bryant, Tom Adams and Matt Collier led this and were very influential in defence all game. Eventually Worthing won a penalty and kicked to the corner. The resulting lineout, which was thrown, well by Tom Youngs and received well by Kieran Bradley who set up a maul. This was driven around 10m into The Weald’s 22 then Jacob Ricahrds-Hart saw space picked from the back and darted to score in the corner. Conversion missed (5-0). The next exchange enabled Worthing to start dominating proceedings. They started to dominate the scrum, led by Jurgen Forster and Tom Adams, lineout and tackle area, led by which enabled high quality possession for the backs. This allowed for some really good interplay between Sam Byrne and Matt Collier. Likewise the forwards were working really hard with their carries with Rich Clarkson, Jack Hammond and Kieran Bradley making some good ground. After some good work down the wing by Ollie Jordan who then released James Monaghan who was tackled 5m out, The Weald were now on their line defending. A quick pick by Ciaran Mcgowan saw him power his way over to score in-front of the posts. Converted by Matt Collier (12-0).

Worthing received the kick-off and an excellent exit box kick by Jacob Richards-Hart relieved the pressure. Worthing were now able to put The Weald lineout under pressure. Some really good work by Alex Bryant in the lineout saw a turnover and Worthing attacked with Matt Collier carrying strongly. Ollie Jordan saw some space and kicked brilliant to peg The Weald back into their own half. From the lineout The Weald cleared their lines and Callum Morin received the ball and attacked he beat 2 defenders and then passed brilliant to Joe Carruthers, who then beat 2 defenders to score on the left. Conversion missed (17-0). Half time.

A good half from Worthing, although warnings from the coach that the 15 point wind which was in their favor in the first half could be give The Weald the advantage in the second.

Worthing started the second half poorly by putting themselves under pressure with a poor exit kick. Although the next period of play demonstrated the progress the squad has made this year. The Weald through everything at the Worthign line, and some brilliant defence saw Worthing keep wave after wave of tackle, with some brilliant tackling from Alex Bryant, Tom Youngs and Rich Clarkson. Finally a turnover by Alex Bryant relieved the pressure, unfortunately the clearance kick again put Worthing under more pressure. The Weald broke the line and their full-back charged towards the line. Out of nowhere comes Callum Morin and James Clegg with a outstanding double tackle to stop the try. Alex Bryant tracks back and turns over the ball and wins Worthing a scrum. From the resulting scrum Worthing again make a mistake and put themselves under pressure again and knock the ball on, the resulting attack leads to a try in the corner for The Weald. (17-5). The resulting kick off Worthing attacked but unfortunately gave a penalty away in-front of the posts. The Weald converted to make it 17-8, game on. The Weald now had moementum and threw everything they had at Worthing. They turned the ball over and attacked only being held out by some brilliant defence by the Matt Collier and Alex Bryant. Eventually Tom Adams won a brilliant penalty turnover for his team. This was kicked deep into Weald territory. The resulting lineout was good and a drive was set up, this moved around 10m and then Ben Bathurst released the backs, a good move saw Callum Morin beat 2 or 3 defenders and then get tackled, the ball was recycled quickly to the right. This enabled James Clegg to go close, in effort to slow the ball down The Weald conceded a penalty. Ben Bathurst tapped quickly and dived over to score (22-8). Conversion missed. The final third of the game saw a mistakes from both teams, where they tired and were unable to sustain the pace from earlier in the game.

The ref blew for fulltime with the final score of 22-8, with Worthing progressing to the final.

MOM forwards: Alex Bryant
MOM backs: Matt Collier

Try Scorers:
Jacob Richards Hart
Ciaran Mcgowan
Joe Carruthers
Ben Bathurst

Conversion:
Matt Collier x1

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