Woking handcuffed down in first league encounter

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Woking Team: 
First XV
Opponent Team: 
Metropolitan Police


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This Saturday offered the first league fixture of Woking's 2012-13 season. In the bright sunshine, Woking prepared for the arrival of the Met Police, after 2 tough fixtures last season. With new captain Adam Smith out injured, vice captain Dan Hills took the reins and led his men to the field.

After the experience of last season, Woking knew that the game would be tough and they would have to take it to the opposition, but after the first few minutes of good Woking possession, the ball was lost to the Met and in quick succession they scored a penalty, and then a converted try.

Woking pulled together and took the game to the travelling opposition, showing what they could do when they played their game. With a lot of pressure down the line, the Met were on the back foot when the ball fell to the destructive pairing of returning scrum half Pete D'Cruz and last year's captain Phil Robertson. Some great interplay between the Woking 8 and 9 left the Met on their heels and with Phil stretching for the line, Woking were on the score board. The pressure continued and Woking were back on the Met's 5m line pushing forward, unfortunately the sun wasn't shining on them and possession was reclaimed by the Met. With half time approaching, Woking hoped to hold the score line at 5-10, but it wasn't to be with the Met scoring right on half time.

Woking knew they had to come back at the Met in the second half, but the Met came back even stronger, scoring 3 tries through the scattered Woking ranks. With 20 minutes to go, Adam Smith called for a realignment in the backs moving Dan Edwards to 10 and Tom Eker to 13 - Woking seemed to instantly react and pushed towards the Met's line.

When the Met conceded a penalty, Dan Edwards took the opportunity to show them what he does best with a quick tap and slipping through their ranks to score a much celebrated try. With the conversion going over, Woking felt that a change may be coming. They realigned and pushed back towards the Met's line, and then off the back of a ruck Dan Edwards was set free again and ran over for his second try in a matter of minutes.

With 5 minutes to go, Woking continued to push, with a great run from Chris Wallis down the right, but it was slightly too far for him to manage alone. With the full time whistle blown, the score stood at 32-17 to the visitors. Captain Adam Smith commented after the game "Obviously I'm disappointed in the result but one swallow doesn't make a summer and I'm still confident I will be admiring my handsome reflection in the Surrey 4 trophy come the end of April"