Worthing went to Reigate 7s looking for their third straight tournament win, a record that no other college has done in its tournament history.
On a dry, but cold day, Worthing were pooled against St John’s Leatherhead, Wisbech College and Epsom. The first game against St John’s saw Worthing score an impressive 27-0 unanswered points to start the day off with a bang. Two tries from Allen got the ball rolling, with Williams, Spalding and Olim Bral also crossing the line.
The second game was against a well established girls side Wisbech, who Worthing have met in numerous competitions throughout the years. It was one of those games where everything went well from the start. A smart catch from Allen and feed to Nicholas meant she was running in for the first try in the first 30seconds. It was the same again after Worthing’s kick off with Allen picking up a knock on to score under the post. Other tries from Nicholas and Allen again, two from Pinkney, Olim Bral and one from Paynter meant Worthing finished 53-0 winners. Downham and Paynter with four conversions between them. This was the highest recorded score for Worthing this season.
In the last of the pool games, Worthing were up against Epsom College. Worthing were in for a fright from the off, as smart play from Epsom meant they were racing down the wing to score 7-0 which closed out the half. A stern talking to at half time, saw the right result from the start of the second half, with Brunton scoring in the corner, with a missed conversion. The remaining minutes were a tense affair however some calm Worthing heads meant they scored two more unanswered tries with Brunton again and try scoring machine Allen to make it 5 from three games. Worthing topping the pool.
In a carbon copy of the semi final from 2013, Worthing were up against Sussex rivals Christ’s Hospital, who have a tradition of always making the final stages of big 7s competitions. In a fiery encounter it was Christ’s Hospital who scored first with a team try resulting in a score in the corner. Worthing struck back with a wonder try of their own with Pinkney running the length of the pitch to score under the posts. Christ’s Hospital then struck back again to make it 12 – 5. In a sea saw match, saw Allen score again getting the resulting conversion to make it 12-12 at half time. However it was Christ’s Hospital who took the game by the scruff of the neck to score two more unanswered tries which put the game out of sight for Worthing.
“It was a tough tournament for Worthing, and it would have been nice to get into the final for the third year in a row, however a lot of lessons were learnt. It was great to see old heads like Williams and Allen taking a commanding role, who both led the team admirable throughout the tournament”.
WoM- Alexandra Allen (6 tries and 1 conversion) = 32pts