Worthing visited the old rivals from Lewes in this cup fixture. The Blues went into the fixture looking to get the U18 season off to a flying start and with a number of new combinations in place it was going to be an interesting day.
It was the home side put under early pressure with the Blues playing good multi phase rugby, showing progress from the training paddock to the pitch, alway pleasing for a coach. But somewhat against the run of play the home side broke from deep inside their 22m and a contender for individual try of the season was born.
Worthing were matter of fact under the horns and moved to address the minor details and from there is was well and truly one way traffic.
The scrum was a good contest with both sides putting pressure on each other, but it was the Blues that had much the better of the following 60mins.
Hodson announced himself with some sublime footmark to evade the final defender and it was clear to see the touch line support enjoyed the effort.
Fielder was creating opportunities for the outside backs while Rawlinson got the backs moving well from both sides of the pitch.
Mouland carried a heavy ball ably supported by the rest of the forward pack. Tozer was abrasive in the collision which allowed no time for the opposition to build attacking pressure, this leading to plenty of turnover opportunities.
At Half time the Blues were up 40-7 and the second half brought more of the same. The bench had been unloaded with little noticeable difference in performance being seen. Worthing running in another five unanswered tries in the half before a an excellently taken half chance was converted by the home team just on the final whistle. To the credit of the Sussex Downs side there was no fall in effort or determination which is to be commended no matter how much pressure they were placed under.
Final score @WorthingRaiders Academy @WorthingCollege 72 – 12 Sussex Downs
For Worthing it was evident the hard work in August and early September was starting to pay off. The second years are beginning to lead the Newbies and the positive synergy is there for all to see.
A positive start, with so, so, so much work to be done.
Tries: Mouland 3, Tomlinson 2, Hodson 2, Perry, Fielder, Banister, Garrett.
Cons: Fielder 9
MOM: Mavi Gevers