AoC South East 7s.
The South East AoC Nationals competition provided a break in play for Worthing in their fiercely competitive 15s season. The competition provides the winner with the accolade of representing the South East at the showcase of college rugby at the Nationals, held in Newcastle in 2016.
With a team mixed from the Raiders academy and the colleges green squad, coupled with some players never playing 7s before, it was always going to be an uphill battle.
Worthing were pooled against last years South East representatives Peter Symonds, Farnborough and Reigate. Worthing started off against Farnborough losing a one side affair 31-5, which was followed by a lesson in 7s Rugby from Peter Symonds, again losing 59-0. However this was the starting point or the wake up call which spurred the players into a run of results which showcased some excellent 7s.
A spirited 15-12 win against Reigate with stand out performances from Cedar Grixti and Kieran Bradley, meant Worthing settled into some nice 7s patterns.
Pooled into teams of similar ability for the afternoon saw Worthing play two more games. A 27-19 win against QMC with great play from stand in captain Jacob Orbel followed by a 24-20 win against Barton Peveril, with Marcus Law scoring a stunning hat trick (one for Instagram!) meant the boys finished up as good as Tottenham, mid table but with the potential to be higher.
Mark Rugman said “it was great to have a change of scenery, and work with the boys on some 7s patterns. We were a bit slow off the bus, but the final 4 games showed that Worthing are contenders for this accolade in the future”
Man of the tournament – Alex Baxter finishing the day with 32 pts to his name