The Worthing College Raider’s Academy travelled to SGS for the county cup quarter final. With the pitch heavy and Steyning fired up, Worthing knew they were in for a tough afternoon. Steyning started strongly and applied pressure on Worthing. The Worthing defence stayed strong, and ended up winning a good penalty from Freddie Holmes. Strong work at the line out and carrying work led Worthing up towards the SGS line. After some good work from forwards and backs, Marcus Law scored in the corner. Worthing now began to dominate the collisions and scrums, this gave a good platform to attack from. A scrum on the SGS line 5m out, Rhys and Carl beat their opposite men, and gave Freddie a big blindside to attack. Freddie carried strongly and powered his way over the score. Successfully converted by Johnny Owen (12-0). Worthing continued with their dominance of the game through strong carries by Freddie Mouland, Carl Moffat and Ollie Fielder. This led to another scrum 5m out and this time Worthing turned to the backs. A good line by Ollie Fielder held the defence and allowed Johnny Owen to dive over to score Worthing’s third. Converted successfully (19-0). Worthing now became over confident and started to give away needless penalties, this brought SGS into the game. They won a line out 10m away from the Worthing line, and created a very successful driving maul, which powered its way over to score. Successfully converted (19-7). Half-time arrived, this allowed Worthing to re-group.
At the start of the second half Worthing played down the hill into the dip on the short Steyning pitch.
More dogged defending by the home side thwarted a number of Worthing attacks then Will Beer finished a good team try on the back of passes from Myles, Owen, Brauer and Law. The Blues were starting to show their dominance across the field as well as at set piece. The forwards continued to out muscle the opposition and this gave the backs a chance move the ball more stretching the defence.
Holmes then got on the end of possibly the best try of the term with the entire team contributing to the multi phase effort. It was converted by Fielder.
Steering did manage a penalty try and it made the final score Worthing 33 Steyning 14.
Worthing continue in to the final four to face last years finalists The Weald school. It will be a tough encounter but Worthing will prepare well for the semi final and go into it looking to continue the recent unbeaten run.
Tries: Holmes 2, Beer, Law, Owen
Cons: Owen 4, Fielder
MoM: Litterick, excellent in the set piece and good leadership during a difficult match.