3 out of 3 for Worthing AASE.
17 girls turned out for the fixture against Collyers and Bexhill, (a record for the history of rugby at Worthing), which resulted in three fine displays of rugby.
In the first match against Bexhill, Worthing’s “Salt” side conceded two soft tries in the early exchanges. It took a stern team talk and storming run from Captain Charlotte Williams to start the ball rolling for Worthing. Firstly, a great break from Valencia Alex around the outside, created a 2 on 1 opportunity, which was warmly taken by Jessica Nicholas to score in the corner. Charlotte Williams then followed suit, with a storming run through the middle, brushing defenders off in their wake. Bexhill then scored again with a great solo player try through the middle of the Worthing defence to make it 15-12 with only a few minutes to play. However, a great team try starting from a kick and chase from Charlotte, meant Jessica could then score again to make it 19-15.
19 – 15 W (Charlotte Williams, Jessica Nicholas x 2 and Charlotte Paynter 2 conversions)
The second game saw the Worthing “Pepper” side, with the majority of beginners, play against an experienced Collyers side. This time Worthing were the first to score, with great hands down the line to put newbie Chyna Nyang racing down the wing to score under the post. A competitive game unfolded against the two teams throughout the remainder of the game, however a great solo try from Alex Allen meant Worthing were able to put themselves into a comfortable position to close out the game.
10 – 5 W (Chyna Nyang, Alex Allen)
The last game saw all Worthing players play against a combined Collyers and Bexhill side. By this time all Worthing players were ready and raring, and this was apparent from the start where Dolly Culver was breaking the defensive line to get some valuable go forward. This was capitalised by Alex Allen who had an easy run under the posts. A next flourish of excellent play from Worthing, meant Charlotte Williams was again able to burst through the defence to score. In the second half it was Charlotte Paynter who made the biggest impact with a bursting run down the wing, beating a number of players for her to score in the corner. However it was debutant Chyna Nyang who stole the show, with a great show and go beating two defenders to score under the posts.
29-15 W (Charlotte Williams, Alex Allen, Charlotte Paynter and Chyna Nyang)
“Today, was the perfect opportunity for the girls to get some valuable game time, in preparation for a very competitive March. There was some stand out performances, and we are looking forward to the other challenges March brings.”