The Greens travelled up to Bilingshurst on Wednesday to play the talented Weald side full of Sussex players and strong second years. The Weald had moved their pitch and it was in great shape for the encounter.
The Greens started shakily and could have been down after 2mins with a penalty shot but it sailed wide so it was still all square. The pressure didn’t cease and if not for some heroic Green defence the score could have been cringe worthy. However the Green wall stood strong and one of the best defensive sets I’ve seen at school level thwarted the Weald advances for upwards of 15 phases, as I said…Heroic.
Unfortunately the dominance did show through and the Greens went into the half 8-0 down. A fair reflection of the Weald’s dominance and physical edge.
Into the second half both teams made changes. With the disorganisation following the changes the home side dealt much the better. Worthing not losing heart but definitely structure became disjointed in the midfield defence and this was capitalised on.
Scores came not from multi phase rugby, any lengthy period of possession for Weald was ended with a turnover or unforced error. It was the first and second phase scores that were the undoing of the Greens.
While it may seem a big defeat, it was incredibly pleasing to see so much progress being made. Linfield and Grey returned to their former school and were excellent, both just missing out on the MoM award. The front five battled doggedly. The back row was impressive in it’s endeavour and the street smarts are being gained week on week. The half backs controlled more assertively this week and the ball won was used reasonably well. Banister is growing into a real triple threat at first receiver, while the mid field of Garrett and Fielder proved a handful for the defence. The back three were starved of possession for much of the match, however Lean again showed improvements at 15 while it was awesome to see Hulley back in the mix beating defenders. Bosley also looked dangerous on the other wing with ball in hand.
Many put up their hand but it was Hooker Max Tozer that was MoM. His talk count and industry in defence was impressive while his work in the set piece was also impressive.
A good session on Friday leading into next week is just whats needed to keep these Green guys progressing. As we reach the Xmas break these players are barely recognisable from those that arrived here in September….Huge progress made.