Worthing travelled to CH for the 3rd round NatWest Cup fixture on a crisp and sunny Wednesday.
The surroundings may have mesmerised the visitors as CH put on 3 converted tries in the first 20mins and they would have been good value for a couple more but for last pass knock-ons and mistakes. Hawick and Coulson the Worthing coaches were looking for signs of improvement and these were delivered by the excellent scrum work of Litterick et al and the improved defensive display lead by Holmes and Brauer.
Towards the end of the half the Raiders Academy started to put some delightful passages of play together and this was rewarded by an excellent try in the corner for Macmillan. This score was excellently executed multi phase rugby and gave Worthing a boost leading into the half.
Measured words of encouragement and fact were uttered during the break and to a man the Raiders felt the match was there for the winning.
The second half was incredibly fast, physical and combative with both sides adding an extra score in both cases unconverted.
In the end Worthing had started too slowly and given too much time to a side which was dominant at the breakdown and had players to finish across the pitch.
Positive notes to take from the performance were the improvement in execution of set processes and the defensive organisation in the second period.
Tries: Macmillan, Fielder
MoM: Freddie Holmes- excellent work rate, tackle count and destructive work at the breakdown