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Woking, sponsored by Kwik Cash, Intecsea and Events That Matter suffered a disappointing defeat on Saturday away at Merton.
Merton were awake from the start whereas Woking seemed to have gone to sleep during the journey up they A3. The Woking performance was unusually lacklustre and little seemed to go right either in the forwards or the backs. Missing the influential Dan Hills in the lineout Woking struggled to control their own ball at the line which put them under un-necessary pressure.
At the scrum the usually solid Woking seemed to be missing the power of Alistair Hamilton Wiles in the front row as he had dramatically gone down with flu on Friday night. So with the scrums not performing and often lateral running in the backs Woking were not effective in using their possession.
Merton on the other hand were playing simple but very effective rugby. Scoring 3 tries in the first half, two driving plays through the forwards and on good try from the Merton outside centre. Merton were clinical in the backs and were able to thwart Woking’s backs too with some very effective defence, Woking’s solitary score of the game was a penalty goal kicked by Dan Edwards after 20 minutes of the first half.
Woking’s skipper Adam Smith played a strong game and led from the front but his efforts and those of Robertson and Franchino in the backrow were not fruitful for Woking as they were not able to string together any good periods of possession. James Bannister at scrum half for Woking was under pressure at the back of the ruck, maul and scrum and was regularly scragged for his troubles preventing very much good ball getting out to Aitchison at all,
The only score of the second half was a further try scored through the effective Merton backs as they pulled Woking wide on the right and then switched it left to outflank the Woking defence.