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Saturday afternoon saw Woking welcome Mitcham and Carshalton to Byfleet Rec. Woking, undefeated so far in the league looking to continue in the same fashion and make further strides towards league glory.
The game started quickly, with Northern Powerhouse, Callum Wogan, scoring a great try after a sublime arcing run, leaving the Mitcham defence dazzled.
This opened the door to Woking to play some fast, attractive rugby, with some huge carries from Joe Bennett, who punished several poor tackles.
Not to be out scored by a back, and certainly not a northern one, Phillip Schulze crashed over the line in what was a sign of things to come. He quickly added a second and third in similar fashion, smashing defenders out of his way left, right and centre. Both converted by Justin Dougherty.
Woking, having secured the bonus point early sat back a little, handing Mitcham possession. A lengthy period of defending saw Woking concede several penalties, two of which were unconvincingly kicked for 3 points.
Valiant defending and big tackles from the likes of Steve Rhodes allowed Woking to finish the half without conceding a try.
Woking made three tactical changes at half time, benefiting from a quality bench.
The second half of the game started more slowly than the first, with Woking asserting their dominance in the set pieces. Dan Hills, back in his natural habitat with the forwards stole line out after line out from the opposition, who didn’t seem to have an answer for his freakishly long arms.
Justin Dougherty, flopped over the try line following some of his trademark dazzling runs, dummy passes and shimmies.
Having been substituted earlier, Phillip Schulze returned to the field only to score yet another try. This one having further impact due to a Mitcham players very vocal disagreement with the referee over his decision to award the try, leading to an inevitable red card. Dougherty adding to his impressive point tally again.
Mitcham replied with a try of their own after some sloppy Woking play, but at that late stage in the game, wasn’t much more than a consolation score.
Man of the match was unsurprisingly the 4 time try scorer Schulze
Dick of the Day was Seb Murphy who following a lovely pick and go, mistook the 5m line for the try line. Much to the derision of both teams, supporters and the ref.
Tries: Schulze x 4, Dougherty, Wogan
Conv: Dougherty x 4
1. A Trialist
2. Rory Blundell
3. Lee Abi Haydar
4. Jon Hursthouse
5. Joe Bennett
6. Dan Hills
7. Steve Rhodes
8. Philipp Schulze
9. James Bannister
10. Justin Dougherty
11. Seb Murphy
12 Jim McGiven
13. Callum Wogan
14. Alex Holmes
15. Neil Murphy
16. David Garvey
17. Matthew Brennan
18. Mark Sargeson