Woking 83 Wandsworthians 7

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Except for the strong swirling wind the conditions were near perfect for Woking RFC to host Wandsworthians in the Surrey 4 League. After winning the toss Woking’s skipper Michael Aitchison elected to play into the wind and sun for the first half. Wansdworthians opened with a kick high into the cross-wind and Woking showed intent receiving it to play wide through several phases and forcing the opposition to commit the breakdown. The resulting concentration of forwards allowing Calum Wogan at scrum half to pass out to the backs in plenty of space, resulting in the first try of many.

The pattern was repeated as Wandsworthains kicked their restarts high into the wind, allowing Dave Garvey and Steve Rhodes to gather the ball and run it hard into the centre of the field either for Callum Wogan to spin it wide or for forwards, in particular Joe Bennett, to barge through the defensive line. After 25 minutes Woking was already 22 points up.

Wansdworthians continued to play and hold their heads up and after a series of penalties were close to Woking’s line and a ferocious 10 minutes of defensive play ensued. Woking offered Wandsworth nothing as each attempt for the line was driven back with hard tackling and rucking. Multiple penalties conceded eventually leading to Shaun Gilbert (lock) being yellow carded. Woking continued to absorb the attack and countered with Jake Sines sprinting up the pitch to score. Half-time score 29-0.

Into the second half Woking were struggling to maintain a playing pattern with ay possession leading to a score after just a few phases and more points were quickly added with Joe Bennett (3 tries) and Pat Watts (1) rampantly competing to flatten opposition tacklers, who were simply not able to counter the hard running Woking’s heavier forwards.

After another series of penalties against Woking Wandsworthains were able to capitalise on just enough space to get over the line between the posts for a consolation try. Full time score 83-7.

1. A.Hamilton-Wilkes, 2. D.Garvey 3. L.Abi Haydar, 4. S.Gilbert, 5. P.Watts, 6. D.Hills, 7. S.Rhodes 8. J.Bennett, 9. C.Wogan, 10. M.Aitchison, 11. C.Wallis, 12. O.Leslie, 13. J.Sines, 14. M.Boorman, 15. G.Nearn, 16. R.Blundell, 17. J.Saul, 18. P.Schulze

Man of the match Joseph Bennett