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Woking took on the unknown entity in the Surrey 4 league this Saturday. Old Georgians being the new kids on the block, with a young side who have worked their way up through the merit tables over the last three seasons, turned up at Byfleet Recreation ground looking fresh faced.
From the off it was apparent that Georgians had the upper hand when it came to pace around the pitch, but Woking played a very dominant game of tight controlled rugby spending the first 20 minutes camped in Georgians half. Two errors of handling by Woking led to two quick counter-attacks, and two well finished tries, leaving Woking feeling hard done by and floundering. A third consecutive try came off a kick over the top that caught everyone out with the bounce, falling nicely to Georgians flying fullback, and Georgians took the lead 0-19. Woking’s territorial dominance returned, leading to two converted penalties from Dan Edwards to take the sides in to half time at 6-19.
A similar story for the second half, as Woking continued to pressure Georgians both in attack and defence. Excellent work from Dan Hills and Mike Aitchison shutting down the Georgian no. 10’s kicking and passing game, turned bad ball into good ball on numerous occasions. The Georgian defence stood stout and soaked up the pressure for the entire 2nd half, Woking failing to put the last pass together time after time. With a last minute break from Aitchison leading to a quick tap penalty, winger Tom Eker stepped his way across the line to secure a losing bonus point for the home side, converted by Dan Edwards to bring the final score to 13-19.
Skipper Adam Smith was obviously frustrated, but conceded, “Georgians stood together strongly, and although we feel we were on top for the majority of the match, the end result tells a different story. We very much look forward to taking the game to them at their place in the new year.”
Woking 2's continued their excellent start to the season securing a 57-0 victory from 65 minutes of rugby to put them firmly at the top of the merit table. "An emphatic display of defence, and some very polished finishing!" said 2's captain Jason Williams.