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Woking sponsored by Kwik Cash travelled to Teddington to take on the Harlequins amateurs in a non-league match on Saturday. In bright but chilly conditions Woking made a good start dominating in the tight and loose. Back row Joe Bennett was rampant around the park powering through the Quins line setting up scrum half Matt Edwards for the first try. Off the back of the scrum Bennett picked up and launched on a fine run aerodynamically aided by his slick new hair style, as he took the last ditch tackle Edwards popped up and sneaked over for a fine try – converted by Mike Aitchison at 10.
Quins were coming back into the game, not to be outdone by their guests. Through some powerful forward play the Quins drove deep into the Woking half and with some snappy handling they sent their wing in for a try under the posts – again the conversion was successful.
Both sides were playing some entertaining rugby, running end to end to the delight of the crowd. Woking turned the screw as half time approached scoring a brace of tries off the base of the scrum, Adam Smith responsible for one and a series of players claimed the second.
After the break, Dan Hills who had been stupendous in the line in the first half showed his running skills to be equally as good. From a line out that he won, he offloaded to the squat figure of Matt Brennan who must have had glue on his hands to take the pass. Brennan in a low squat running style made some ground off loaded to James Plowright in the centre and Hills galloped up in support to score the try. With Woking showing great strength in the forwards and elusive running in the backs led by the ebullient Aitchison, barrel shape of Murphy in the centre and pint size pace of Bannister at full back Woking surprised the Quins with a further try as Bannister squeezed in in the corner.
Woking rang the changes at this point to give some of the travelling subs a run out, this disrupted the pattern of play somewhat and Woking found themselves a little exposed to the pace and power of some of the Quins players who worked hard for their further two tries before the final whistle.
Woking captain Jason ‘Big Bird’ Williams was delighted with the victory against a good side. ‘I feel we acquitted ourselves well this afternoon – some fine performances from Aitchy, Joe Bennett and others ’ he beamed ‘now we are off for a few pints in the local hostelries as we make our way back to Woking on public transport!’