@WorthingRaiders Academy @WorthingCollege 18-7 The Weald.

The blues travelled up to mid Sussex for the tough semi final clash against the Weald school. This was a repeat of last seasons final and was always going to be an excellent contest.

 

The home side started quickly and immediately put the Blues under pressure, scoring after only 2mins. 7-0 Weald. The conditions took plenty of time to adjust to for the Blues, a narrow, short and boggy pitch was a huge home advantage and the Weald remains good for their lead until 20mins in where Worthing took control of the fixture.

Sean Hulley crossed after excellent multi phase rugby and extended pressure from the visitors. The conversion missed 7-5 Weald. That was the turning point and the more physical and structured Worthing pack placed enormous pressure on the home team quietening the home support in the process. It was then that the momentum really changed in favour of the Blues and a second score from close to the line was added by MoM Ravaudet. Blues 10-7. This was added to on the half time whistle with a Fielder penalty.

Early pressure from Worthing was defended well by the home team and levels of frustration could have built further until a score from Holmes took it out to 18-7 Blues.

The Weald endeavoured until the end but couldn’t quite get the score that would have unlocked a really tense final few minutes.

Forward dominance and eventual game management were the difference come the final whistle. Worthing now move on to the final in March to be held at Brighton RFC. The opponents will come from the winner of Sussex Downs and BHASVIC. Both of whom have been stiff opposition for the Blues at U19 level this season. Worthing can enter the final with confidence as they will continue to be well prepared for the contest as they will be for the remainder of the League fixtures they have this season.

 

The League and Cup double is still a possibility but it will be incredibly hard work to achieve as there are many good teams to play, there are no easy games at this level!

 

Tries: Hulley, Ravaudet, Holmes

Pen: Fielder

MoM: Ravaudet

 

Photograph: Finn Holloway-Hudson

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