Worthing AASE ventured up North for the 2nd Round of the AASE circuit. Heading up on Tuesday for an overnight stay took most of the afternoon, with the girls settling in for night late in the evening.
The first game for Worthing was Exeter College who are linked with Exeter Chiefs. The game started with a bang for Worthing, where they soaked up a spirited Exeter attack to steal the ball back, with bulldozer Linneke Gevers scoring under the posts. Worthing scored only minutes later where a fumbled ball close to the Exeter line was scooped up and scored by Bobby Haywood. The next try from Worthing was the best of the game with swift handling down to the wing for Tatum Gabriel scoring untouched. The second half was a competitive affair with Exeter going close, however a solid defensive display by Worthing showed their spirit and commitment. Worthing were able to score two more tries by Izzy Mayhew and another by Tatum finishing the game with a 27-0 score line.
With the girls buzzing from a spirited performance in the last game, I think they thought all they needed to do for the next game was just show up! How wrong they were. Going into the match against Bishop Burton who were beaten by Exeter, looked promising for Worthing, however it was Burton who scored first with some sloppy tackling in the midfield for their centre to score under the post. Worthing then striked back with the try of the day with some neat handling where Ella Pinkney showing her wing a clean pair of heels to score to make it 5-5. However rather than progress on, Worthing we’re dragged back into a dog fight, scrapping for possession only for Burton to score again in similar fashion to the last. With a minute to go till half time, Worthing were able to get another back by Destiny J Field scoring out on the wing. The second half however was more of the same style of play from both teams, scrapping for possession, however it was Burton who started to open up a dominant lead scoring another two tries to put the game out of reach for the Worthing girls. 25-10.
“It was a long couple of days for the girls, but good experience” said Mark Rugman AASE manager. “We really showed our class in the first game, but the 2nd game was where we will develop as a team. We will go away work harder and come back stronger”.