The Blues faced Collyers of Horsham in the Sussex Schools County Cup Final on Wednesday afternoon. Brighton RFC hosted the match and the first team pitch was looking good as the players ran out for the kick off.
Worthing played with a strong breeze in the first half, however it was the Collyers side that scored the first points with a try down the right hand side. The Blues struck back quickly with an excellently worked try with Tomlinson as the beneficiary. Rawlinson added the extras for a 7-5 Blues lead.
Collyers had the better of the next five minutes and scored another very well worked try on the right hand side. 7-10 Collyers.
Worthing were soon back in the box seat with a try created on the counter attack, the ball going through 4 sets of hands culminating with a line break from Bradford and the second score for Tomlinson. 12-10 Blues.
The second half started with plenty of pressure on the Blues line from Collyers and it was not long before they bundled their way over for a well deserved try under the posts. The extras we added for a 12-17 Collyers lead.
Worthing had no intention of capitulating and cracked right on with their up tempo game. The Blues were looking dangerous every time they moved the ball, so when Davies cut out pass over the lines of Fitzsimmons and Dengate hit Rawlinson in the wide channel it wasn’t a surprise there was space to attack the fullback. Timing his pass perfectly, it set Hammond up for a walk in from 5m out. 17-17 Blues with the kick to come. Captain Rawlinson scored just inside the right hand post and the Blues were out to 19-17 and Worthing took the lead which they’d not relinquish for the remainder of game.
The Blues continued in this manner and from a scrum inside the Collyers 22m Davies tipped to Cade, he challenged two defenders and dropped the ball off to Hammond, he powered his way over the line for the five pointer. 24-17 and Rawlinson to attempt the extras, another great nudge took the Blues out to 26-17.
Mackinder was then on the score sheet as the Blues pushed ever harder for the win. A short range effort using strength to get over the line was one for the forwards and the extras were happily collected by Rawlinson. 33-17
Collyers continued to show their fighting spirit and made a mini come back scoring a converted try which was unconverted to make it 33-22 which was the conclusion of scoring for the day.
Worthing pushed again and went the length of the field with Rawlinson scoring under the posts only for the assistant referee to call play back (correctly) for a knock on. In fairness to the contest a 40-22 would not have been reflective of the game as it was much closer than that. It could be argued the the final 33-22 score line may have flattered Worthing. I’m sure both sides would point to moments when they could have added to their totals throughout the match.
Tries: Hammond 2, Tomlinson 2, Mackinder
Cons: Rawlinson 4/5
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