Nothing Jammy about Phil Robertson’s performance

Match Date: 
29/09/2012
Woking Team: 
First XV
Location: 
Away
Opponent Team: 
Wandsworthians
Type: 
League

Score

Woking Score: 
29
Opponent Score: 
14

Woking sponsored by KwikCash travelled up the A3 to Wandsworthians on Saturday to try and get their first victory of the season. After a tough pre-season, cup and fits league game of the season it was important to get a victory notched up.
However Woking were shaky for the first 5 minutes as they were indecisive and well below par. The improvement in Woking’s fortunes came when a strong scrum surprised Wandsworthians and Woking’s backs were unleashed taking play deep into Wandsworthians half. From this good position Nick Franchino and Steve Rhodes in the Woking back row combined well running with real strength. An infringement by Wandsworthians gave Woking a penalty and from the ensuing lineout Woking No.8 Phil Robertson powered over for a fine try. Woking continued to dominate for the next 10 minutes. A scrum 10 metres out from the Wandsworthians line saw Woking power forward with a great drive providing a second try for Phil Robertson. Confident Woking then slipped on a banana skin as they took their foot off the gas and allowed Wandsworthians back into the game with a converted try just before halftime.
The first 10 minutes of the second half was an even contest and Woking captain Adam Smith made some changes which rejuvenated the Woking forwards. Following a penalty to the touchline from Dan Edwards, Woking caught and drove and vice-Captain Dan Hills surged over for Woking’s third try. A third try from Phil Robertson came from similarly strong forward play; however a lapse in concentration around the fringes saw Wandsworthians score a second try.
Woking’s final try came through the backs when wing Justin Dougherty did some good work to turn over some loose ball that Woking’s Dan Edwards pounced on to race in from the half way line.
It was a good all round performance from Woking with powerful work from the forwards, epitomised by Woking man of the match Nick Franchino and strong defence in the backline.
Woking Captain Adam Smith was a pleased man beaming ‘Great team performance today from Woking, with a dominant forward performance and tremendous defensive Work in the backs. Our training is paying off. Thanks to Wandsworthians for being such good hosts to us today’.
Woking: Hamilton Wilkes, Edwards, Lovell, Hills, Stedman, Rhodes, Franchino, Robertson, Workman, Edwards, Taylor, Murphy, Eker, Dougherty, Wallis. Subs: Smith, Pearce.
In addition Woking seconds had a good result in the merit table 66-0 victors against Merton.