Raiders 18 The Weald 0
The Raiders Academy took on The Weald school in the U18 cup final at Brighton RFC on Wednesday afternoon. The pitch conditions were such that play on the 1st XV pitch was not possible, unfortunately play on the 2nd XV pitch was not possible owing to holes in the pitch therefore the officials deemed the first team pitch the only safe pitch to play on. However this was again changed and the 3G became the home of the match.
Worthing kicked off with a strong wind behind them working into the attacking left hand corner. Pressure was exuded by the Raiders and all of the half was played in the Weald half. But owing to the dogged defence, poor conditions and inability to complete the final pass the scores remained 0-0 for a large portion of the half. Then Tomlinson slotted from in front of the posts to get to a 3-0 lead for the Raiders.
More pressure was put upon the Weald defence and only in the final minute of the half did Worthing cross in the corner with Davis-Smith to make it 8-0 at the half.
The second period started with the Weald trying to make use of the elements and Worthing battling them. However it was the Raiders that got into their stride quicker and started putting the pressure back on the opposition. As a result of the physical superiority and higher skill levels of the Raiders side they were able to produce multi phase rugby, hammering the defensive line time after time. It wasn’t until mid way through the second half that Worthing scored the second try through Forster making the score 13-0.
More pressure brought the game as a contest to a conclusion, the spirited and whole hearted Weald side being able to stop no longer the Raiders attack with Tomlinson scoring in the corner.
The opposition then had their best spell of the game in the last 3mins with the match being played mainly in the Raider 22m, but as had been the case throughout the Blue wall stood firm and the final score was recorded at 18-0 and the Raiders crowned as county champions.
Tries: Davis-Smith, Forster, Tomlinson
Forwards: Ollie Rowley- destroying the opposition line out.
Backs: Sam Myles- got the side moving quickly and delivered excellent ball in tough conditions.