The tries flowed as Worthing College AASE Girls Rugby started their preparations for the new 2016/2017 season with a comfortable win against Brockenhurst AASE.
With eleven talented new girls joining the AASE team this year, the general census would have been it would take some time to gel and bed in as a team, however seven great team tries and four conversations says otherwise.
Worthing, donning their new kit for the first time, were slow to get going conceding an early try within the first five minutes. A well worked team try from Brockenhurst, saw them break through the middle to glide under the posts untouched. However, Linneke Gevers, arguably the signing of the summer all the way from Holland, lived up to her pre match hype with a number of turnovers and carries which set the Worthing team in motion. It was then the turn of the formidable backline of Roberta “Bobby” Haywood, Izzy Mayhew, Megan Brown and Ella Pinkney to score a number of well worked tries, putting Worthing three tries to one up.
As the match battled on, it was the introduction of newbies Destiny Jordan-Field and Nadia Bral, along with seasoned pro Charlotte Paynter, which made another significant impact for Worthing. The runs of Destiny, the clearing out and ruck work from Nadia and the quick hands of Charlotte saw Worthing score another two tries. Brockenhurst hit back with two well worked tries of their own and they could have scored more if it wasn’t for the try saving tackle of Megan Brown, who unfortunately picked up a knock as a result.
As the two teams battled on in the last five minutes, it was Worthing’s backline who took control with Ella Pinkney and Izzy Mayhew scoring through the middle, both with great lines to score under the posts. The final play saw Worthing score with the hard work of Cat Wakeford who set up Megan Brunton who crashed over from 5 metres showing great strength and determination.
“This was a fantastic performance considering the little amount of time we have spent together” said Mark Rugman AASE manager. “Special mention has to go to Zsusi Overton playing 9 for the first time, and Emily Hird stepping up into a number of positions showing her versatility in the game. We still have a number of things to work on, however the future looks promising for this side!”
Woman of the match: Linneke Gevers.