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Woking travelled to Fowlers Wells on Saturday for an early kick off in order to facilitate viewing of the England vs Fiji fixture in the afternoon. The game was delayed as the referee’s car broke down en route and he needed to be recovered together with his car!
Woking were on the front foot from the start and secured a couple of quick tries that seemed to startle Chobham. When they got going Chobham put together some good passages of play but strong defence from Woking prevented any Chobham scores. Matt and Dan Edwards were having great games for Woking, hooker Matt got play of the game for an outrageous triple dummy that led to a try for centre Neil Murphy.
Full back Aitchison was in majestic form running from deep and setting up good possession for the forwards to feed off as well as being extremely solid in defence.
At the set piece Woking were strong, the scrum and lineout saw Woking in the ascendancy and the open forwards game was competitive at the ruck and maul with both Chobham and Woking having success. Though Chobham got within 10 meters of the Woking line in both halves the Woking defence was stout and they were able to clear their lines.
In the loose Matt Childs was outstanding, and captain on the day Phil Robertson was strong in the tight and made a number of strong runs from deep and close to the Chobham line as did Woking prop Adam Hammond.
Both teams had a few substitutes and they made use of them during the game. Tom Eker came on at scrum half and in typically strong form sprinted in for a couple of tries from the halfway line.
Woking man of the match Dan Edwards carved through the Chobham defence time and time again to provide great attacking opportunities and turn defensive possession attack ball. One such break provided winger Shaun Gilbert with what seemed like a try scoring chance though he was caught by the Chobham defence. A few minutes later a similar strong run from defence by Edwards provided Gilbert with his try.
Woking skipper Phil Robertson who was just back from honeymoon was delighted with the team performance ‘A very enjoyable performance, the boys really played well and for each other today’.
Woking Hammond Edwards Phillips Bennett Pearce, Robertson, Hurtshouse, Childs, Power, Bannister Eker Edwards Grady Marsden Marchant Gilbert Aitchison, Eker Murphy Riddell