Kingston II v Woking II

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Woking Team: 
Second XV
Opponent Team: 
Kingston II


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Kingston II XV 0 - Woking II XV 46
Saturday 15th November
Surrey Conference 4

Woking II XV secured an early kick off for their league game against Kingston II XV knowing that it was over 15years since Woking had been victorious over their neighbours. Spirits were high before the game and a jovial mood was adopted with the thought of an afternoon ahead of beer and international matches. However, a usually abrupt and stern team talk from Captain Jason Williams seemed to install some concentration as kick-off approached.

Woking received the kick and played up the hill for the first half and were soon dominating play in the forwards. Crash balls from Childs, Lovell and Brennan saw the all-Welsh backline in fine flowing form and with the grunt from the English front five, Woking launched their attack up-field. The slippery dew like conditions made the ball hard to handle and lead to an abundance of scrums. But from the off the Woking prop pairing of Pearce and Power gleamed in the knowledge that they held the upper hand on their opposition number. As the Woking forwards broke the gain line, the Irish 9 and 10 partnership of Cahalane and Connaughton came into flow and unleashed an awesome backline, albeit with an occasionally wild pass. Good running and silky off-loads led to no8 Matt Childs crashing over the line for the first score of the afternoon.

As the game restarted Woking’s Matt Edwards showed he was returning to full fitness with a surging run up the park and quick rucking saw Woking awarded a penalty 15 metres out. No10 Shane Connaughton stepped up and neatly slotted the kick to make it 0-8. The first half continued in the same vein with Woking dominating the rucks and scrums and making solid ground deep into the opposition half. Captain Williams picked the ball up from the base of a ruck and using all 6ft8 of him, swan dived over the strewn bodies in a manner that would have made Chris Ashton jealous to the core, to score what he thought was the second try of the afternoon…..unfortunately for him though, everyone else realised that it was merely the 5 metre line and Kingston hastily cleared! Woking hit back with solid play at the rucks cumulating with Tom Bennett crossing the try line. With the conversion secured, Woking’s skipper smashed the ball miles in to touch (poetic licence required) from the restart and Woking went into the break with a 0-17 lead.

Now playing downhill Woking relished the scrums to come. But with an unfortunate injury to the Kingston hooker the scrums went to uncontested thereby devastating prop Colin Pearce who looked like a child who had his sweets stolen.

The second half was a scrappy affair as the rain came down and made the conditions only suitable for forward play. Woking continued the precedence of the first half, working the ball through the phases, camped inside the Kingston half. The home team defended hard and with the wet conditions on their side, managed to turn the ball over time and time again. Desperate to clear their lines they kicked up-pitch to fullback Tommy Roberts. This tactic was relatively short lived however, as Roberts returned each kick with a strong powering 40m runs taking the play back inside the Kingston 22. As the game progressed Neil Murphy sparked into action and danced through the defensive line to score. This was followed by a bashing run from winger Kieron Siddons who powered down the line to grab another try under the posts. With Woking now dominant holding a 0-29 lead, Captain Williams bellowed ‘We do not concede today’ as Kingston restarted. The final 20 minutes were a good display of solid defence as Kingston exploited the uncontested scrum to pressure the Woking defensive line which held solid. Further tries for Childs and Bennett saw Woking’s lead increase to 0-41. With the game drawing to a close the Woking lineout started firing and a rolling maul saw Captain Williams finally find the right line to cross, admittedly slightly more conservatively this time, making it 0-46.

Following the game Captain Williams commented “this was a great display against a good opposition which we have been building on over the last few weeks. Great performances all around and fantastic to welcome a few lads back from long term injury. Now it’s time for a few beers.”

If interested in playing some good hard social rugby then please e-mail Woking’s II XV captain to get involved:

Woking side: Power(Hammond), Edwards, Pearce, Williams (c), Bennett T, Lovell, Brennan, Childs, Cahalane, Connaughton, Siddons, England, Murphy(Grady), Raife(Smith), Roberts.

Subs: Hammond, Smith, Grady

Man of the match: Matt Childs – constantly broke the gain line and showed real desire to get around the pitch. Shone in a very good pack.

D**k of the day: Jason Williams – an elegant swan dive to touch down over the wrong line! Opps!