WOKING CLAIM TOP SPOT WITH CONVINCING WIN

Match Date: 
28/10/2017
Woking Team: 
First XV
Location: 
Away
Opponent Team: 
Mitcham & Carshalton
Type: 
League

Score

Woking Score: 
108
Opponent Score: 
21

Woking continued their excellent unbeaten start to the season with the visit to Mitcham on a day with perfect conditions for running rugby.
Captain Micheal Aitchison directing play from fly half, behind a Woking forward pack that dominated at the set piece, set loose what at times was an unstoppable backline. From centre the communication and organisation of Mark Rose meant that every gap in the Mitcham defence was exploited to the full. From the kick off Woking quickly ran in three tries all of which were converted by in form goal kicker Justin Dougherty, the key to the scores was the speed at which scrum half Callum Wogan produced the ball for the backs.
Mitcham had no answers no matter how bravely they defended never shirking a tackle they could not halt the flood of tries. Number eight Joe Bennett and second row Patrick Watts running over the opposition gaining metre after metre. Mitcham did have some luck as they intercepted a possibly over ambitious pass in Woking’s twenty two to score under the posts. This appeared to provoke the clinical Woking team to extract vengeance as straight from the restart they tore the opponents apart to cross the whitewash for the bonus point try.
As the first half drew to a close a knee injury to the Mitcham loosehead prop would mean that scrums would be uncontested for the rest of the match taking away Woking’s dominance in that area.
When the second half began it was obvious that Woking had adapted and even without scrum advantage they were able to gain and retain possession running in try after try sixteen in all fourteen of which were converted by the imperious Dougherty. The final try scored in the eightieth minute demonstrated Woking’s ruthless desire , coach Pete D’cruz stating post match how pleasing the eighty minute display had been and that the systems and lines that had been worked on in training had been executed to perfection. Although pleased he reminded the team of tougher tests to come and the need to maintain both the skill level and work rate if they were to consolidate their table topping position.

Man of the match Mark Rose

Team
Alisdair Hamilton-Wilkes,David Garvey,Lee Abi Haydar,Patrick Watts,Shaun Gilbert,
Ryan Snape, Steve Rhodes,Joe Bennett
Callum Wogan,Michael Aitchison,Chris Wallis,Mark Rose,Jake Sines,
Justin Dougherty,Gareth Nearn, Subs: Rory Blundell,Dan Hills
Matt Boorman.