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A courageous display from a team ravaged by injuries was not enough to prevent defeat in this penultimate league match, but the lionhearted defensive effort certainly worried promotion chasing Egham as they had to wait to close to the end of the match before they pulled away on the scoreboard.
Led by the impressive display of defensive rugby by captain James McGiven and a man of the match performance from loosehead prop Simon Power, Woking consistently repelled the oppositions skilful backline in the first half and completely dominated them at scrum time repeatedly sending them into reverse at high speed in attack Chris Wallis made a number of impressive breaks and was only prevented from scoring on two occasions by last ditch tackles from the Egham defence.
Unfortunately Woking picked up several more injuries during the game which led to Michael Aitchison, himself returning from long term injury, to take the field for the first time this season and his game management further confounded the opposition.
Coach Pete D’cruz’s game plan and new pod system was a huge positive on a difficult day and before Egham broke away Woking’s heroes scored a magnificent try of the own, set up by yet another dominant and powerful scrum marshalled by the all conquering front row of Power, Hamilton-Wilkes and Mayes the forwards were able to get second row Lee Haydar over the whitewash for five points.
Speaking with Life Vice Presidents, Mr Justin Key and Mr Steve Workman, after the games conclusion, they both applauded the performance and spirit shown by the team on a difficult day and how positive it was for the club going forward. Mr Key added if we can frustrate a promotion chasing side with the players that stood up today, then with our summer recruitment drive underway and and the return to fitness of those key players currently missing the future looks extremely bright for our club. Mr Workman insisted that locally Woking RFC is the best club to join, who could disagree having witnessed their efforts on the field and enjoyed their friendly hospitality post match.
Woking: Mayes, Hamilton-Wilkes, Power, Brennan, Hursthouse, Parker, McGiven(c), Hills, Sargeson, Dougherty, Wallis, Wogan, Wright, Dinsdale, Bannister, West, Aitchison, Haydar