The Blues travelled to Chobham on Wednesday to play a physical West Surrey team.
The late arrival did nothing for the Blues preparation, but this is in no way an excuse as for the first 50mins of the fixture the visitors were completely out played by the bigger seemingly more motivated home team.
Strong carries and indifferent defending by the Blues allowed multiple line breaks and this created numerous attacking opportunities within the visitors half. This eventually brought about three first half tries for WS and they were good for the 17-0 lead.
Some words were had at the half and the reaction needed was shown. Worthing pressed, challenged and defended with more energy and enthusiasm than in the first period. This gave little or no field position to the home side and WS struggled to contain the pace with which the Blues played.
When the arm wrestles happened the Blues came second best, but when the ball was moved and the WS backs were challenged the visitors were in the ascendancy.
Unfortunately it took until the latter part of the half for this pressure to provide points through a well taken Sanderson try. This in no small part could be attributed to the excellent exit strategy of the WS team, both in planning and execution.
17-5 was a fair reflection of the performance from both sides but the Blues would argue not a reflection on potential performance. When questioned on this Coach Coulson said “Sadly we deal in definite’s, potential isn’t measured the score is. West Surrey were brilliant today and we were taught a fair few lessons. WE will reflect on todays performance and place it with reference to our progression planning.”
So to the fixture next week against Newman on the Field of Dreams, lets hope for an upturn in performance and that the Blues earn a great result to get the season back on track!