Sussex Schools U18 County Cup Final- Worthing College Blues 33-22 Collyers

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

MoM: Hammond

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Basingstoke pitch up and play and AoC South East Qualifiers.

Worthing College Women’s Rugby Sporting Excellence Academy continue their impressive 7s form this season, with 3 wins from 3, at the Basingstoke pitch up and play and AoC South East Qualifiers.

 

Worthing’s first game was against a first year Exeter side, as a warm-up for their 15s fixture. Worthing were slow out of the blocks, and conceded two early Exeter scores. However, they made it 10-7 just before the break with a well worked team try with Sofia Rolfi scoring under posts, securing the resulting conversion. Worthing continued their pressure in the 2nd half with Sara Seye crashing over, to make it 14-10. Worthing should have scored 2 mins later however Jade Henworth was held up, however Worthing scored from the resulting scrum, with a neat show and go from Amilia Busby. Amilia finished the game showing her quick feet scoring down the wing to make it 28-12.

 

The 2nd game was a re-run of the Sussex Schools 7s against Harris City Academy. In a game slow to get going, it was Sara Seye who broke the deadlock with some hard-work from Kayra Wilson, who opened the door for Sara. The 2nd half saw more of a dominant display from Worthing with Lucy Relf, Beatrice Mora and Jade all scoring to make the game 20-5.

 

The final game was a qualifier for the AoC National Cup, where Worthing are reigning champions, against Peter Symonds College. The match was evenly poised for the first few minutes, however some neat inter play between the backs saw Sofia Rolfi score 1 of her 4 tries for this match. Peter Symonds remained on the back foot for the rest of the game with Worthing scoring a number of great team tries, Jade picking up 2, and Kayra with one in the corner. Sofia continued her dominant kicking display kick 5 our of 7, making the score 45-7.

 

“The whole squad put in a great effort today. We were slow to get going, however when we got into our stride, we played some neat 7s. We are building nicely towards the 3 majors for Women’s educational 7s in the UK, Rosslyn Park 29th March, AoC Women’s Cup 3rd April and the AoC National Championships 26-28th April. It is all about peaking at the right time and I am looking forward to see if we can secure another major in 2018-2019” said Mark Rugman (Women’s Rugby Sporting Excellence Academy manager).

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