On a cold but dry wintry day, Worthing kicked started their 7s campaign with an impressive victory at the Christ Hospital 7s. With a few players out due to a cup weekend for Harlequins Ladies and other sporting commitments, Worthing fielded a young and promising line-up.
The tournament consisted of two pools of 4 teams, with a round robin group stage, with the top two going into the main competition and the others into a plate. Worthing started the day in Group B against Gordon’s, Reigate Grammar and Robert Clack.
In the group stage Worthing racked up a total of 3 wins out of 3, scoring 112 points and conceding just 14. Memorable moments include Beatrice Bora scoring a hat-trick against Reigate Grammar with some fantastic go forward, and Aleisha McAneney finishing off a great backs move with a neat show and go to score in the corner versus Gordon’s. Special mention also goes to Ella Sezen and Lucy Relf who were both growing in confidence through-out the group stages, with some unforgettable scores showing their pace and power.
The semi-final saw Worthing College play Christ Hospital, a well-established side in Sussex. Both haven’t played one another for a number of years, however there has been some great encounters between the two in the past. The Worthing girls were gifted an early score right from the start, where Captain Emily Hird touched the ball down on the Worthing line (due to a too long kick off from Christ Hospital) taking the free kick herself and ghosting through the Christ Hospital defence to score under the posts. For the next few minutes the game was a tighter affair with either side unable to break the defensives, however it was Aimee Porter which broke the deadlock with a trade mark powerful run setting up Tatum Gabriel to score in the corner. From this point on Worthing became even more dominant with further scores before and after half time, with Zoo Overton scoring the pick of the bunch, with a neat burst of speed and handoff to make the score 33-0
The final was a great advert for 7s rugby, where Worthing met Reigate Grammar again, who had a great couple of games versus Peter Symonds and Epson College to reach the final. The game started with a great defensive effort, keeping the Reigate team camped on their own 22. Some persistent good tackling from Worthing resulted in a turnover where Aimee again ploughed through the middle offloading to Emily, then Lucy, to set up a ruck just short of the Reigate line. Some neat handling from Tatum and Beatrice sent Aleisha into the corner to make it 5-0. The pressure continued from Worthing where they won the resulting kick off, and created some nice patterns to put Tatum into the corner to make it 10-0. Another quick score for Worthing before half time was putting the game out of Reigate reach, however their persistent did eventually pay off, putting their speedster down the wing to make it 17-5 at half time. The second half was similar to the first, with some nice interchanges between both sides, however some determined go forward more so from Tiger Lyons put the game out of reach with Tatum x2 and Aimee scoring to make the final score 28-10.
Women’s Rugby Manager Mark Rugman was extremely pleased with the girls performance. “We set ourselves a number of individual and team goals, therefore to put together five excellent performances, whilst still developing creative, resilient and game aware players, shows the adaptability and progress of these players. The final against Reigate could of gone in any direction, and credit goes to the girls who showed an outstanding defensive display. The current crop of players have some real potential in the 7s game, and I look forward to the rest of the season”.
Many thanks to Ian Davies and the Christ Hospital team for a great day out!
W 36-7 Gordon’s
W 39-7 Reigate
W 37-0 Robert Clack
W 33-10 Christ Hospital
W 28-10 Reigate Grammar
Women of the tournament: Emily Hird
Challenge Winner: Lucy Relf.