The Blues took the trip to Horsham on a wet and overcast afternoon looking to extend their unbeaten run in the AoC League.
From the off the Blues looked to impress upon the Collyers team a level of physicality they hadn’t experienced thus far this season. Big carries and strong work at the scrum put Worthing very much on the front foot.
The immediate beneficiary of this physical dominance was Marcus Law scoring two tries both converted by Sanderson to give the Blues a 14-0 lead after 20mins. Collyers came right back into the contest and pressured hard scoring a converted try 14-7 Blues. This pressure continued until the home side kicked a penalty and the Blues were up 14-10.
Worthing steadied the ship with a Sanderson penalty and Dingle try which allowed a little breathing space. Arguably complacency set in and on the stroke of half time Collyers again came back and scored a well taken try (again converted) 22-17 Blues.
The second half started much the same as the first with the Blues exerting plenty of pressure through the forwards with Crossgrove, Dingle and Rowley all showing their worth. However the home side thwarted every advance and even when Worthing got over the line last ditch defence stopped the try being scored.
It is fair to say that with the dominance in terms of possession and territory the Blues should have been more scores up but the doggedness of the Collyers team kept them in the fixture.
Then the best passage of rugby in the match where multi phase ball retention lead to Hulley going over in the corner. Sanderson nudged the extras from the touch line for a final score of 29-17 Blues.
Tries: Law 2, Dingle, Hulley
Cons: Sanderson 2