Worthing College VS. Exeter College
On the 3rd of October Worthing College’s women’s rugby academy embarked on the 4 hour mini bus journey down to Exeter to play a well anticipated match against Exeter College. As this was only their second game in the season, they wanted to make a big impact, after the unfortunate defeat against Gloucester Hartpury in their first match of the year.
Once Worthing College had warmed up for the game, spirits were high and they were ready to play. The match was comprised of 4 15 minute quarters which proved to be an arduous game for both teams, which wasn’t helped by the 20+ temperature playing conditions. In the first quarter Exeter kicked off, with a successful catch, Worthing worked hard to gain ground and remain possession.
Intensity stayed high in defense from Worthing College as they continued to push forward and put pressure on the opposition, this allowed Sofia Rolfi, with good line speed to intercept the ball and score beneath the posts. Rolfi then went on to score the bonus points of a conversion.
After Worthing gained the first points on the score board, they had the determination and grit to keep the work rate high and do the same again. Exeter kick off to Worthing who with great line speed push up straight away, with a strong carry from Amy Saunders, the scrum half. From this point Worthing, they played quick ball out of the ruck, to the outside center, Aimee Porter, who crashed the ball forward, followed by a offload to a support runner, gaining Worthing lots of ground. After this play there was a
series of offloads, which allowed Worthing college to get over the game line.
From a 2 on 1 Sofia Rolfi, was able to gain her second try of the match. With a
couple strong forward carries from the Worthing side, Exeter began to increase
defensive pressure causing a forward pass from Worthing College, leading to
scrum down, Exeter’s ball. However from the scrum, Exeter grubbered the ball,
which Worthing were able to jump on straight away, which lead to Jade
Oten-Henworth spotting Exeter’s broken defense, putting another another 5
points on the score board.
Exeter began to fight back, scoring several points as Worthing started losing girls to injury, this meant that with now only 9 players on the pitch and 2 quarters left, Worthing needed to pick their heads up and dig deep. Within the 3rd quarter, Exeter were able to put fresh legs on and gain the upper hand, resulting in points on their behalf. This
point winning streak carried on until the penultimate quarter resulting in the
final score of 35-17 to Exeter.
“This performance built on the good play from the Hartpury game. The message from the coaching staff was to apply pressure, go forward and maintain pressure, and we cannot fault the team for fulfilling those messages. Some of the play in the first two quarters, was exceptional, it was just a shame, we lost significant players through knocks. Big credit also to big hitters Beatrice Mora and Sara Seye, who repelled the Exeter attack on a number of occasions” said Mark Rugman Worthing Coach.
Woman of the match: Beatrice Mora