Woking put a ton on Reigate

Match Date: 
04/11/2017
Woking Team: 
First XV
Location: 
Home
Opponent Team: 
Reigate
Type: 
League

Score

Woking Score: 
100
Opponent Score: 
0

It was traditional rugby weather for Woking to host Reigate in the Surrey 4 League for the first time in two years since Reigate’s promotion and relegation. Woking were nervy before the match despite a big win against Mitcham & Carshalton (108 – 21) the previous week because some easy points had been leaked so an impregnable defence and clean score sheet were team targets.

Play was aggressive from the kick-off with Reigate gathering Woking’s kick and playing hard forward phases straightaway. However, Woking’s counter rucking was furious and the visitors struggled to do much with the ball until it was turned over. Now it was Woking’s turn to play tight phases until enough space opened up for centre Jake Sines to slip through Reigate’s line and open Woking’s account with a try between the posts.

Woking gathered the restart, with Michael Aitchison(10) and Mark Rose(12) moving the ball faster than Reigate could cope with. Shell shocked but determined Reigate came back with spirit and used a penalty to get inside Woking’s 22, gathering from their lineout to move the ball quickly from side to side. However, the Woking defence was adaptive and offered nothing. Still determined to score Reigate’s forwards tried relentlessly to drive through the line but could not breach it, even after a concerted 7-8 minutes of trying.

Sadly, tired from the attack Reigate enabled Woking to play champagne rugby in style and leaked several tries in quick succession with Doherty dumping his opposite number and running over to score and Pat Watts knocking forwards over like skittles. Half-time 29-0.

The second half opened as the first half had ended, with Woking gathering the ball and substitute Chris Wallis scoring from deep within his own half on his second touch of the ball. Reigate clearly looked tired but they stuck at the game with good spirit and frequently showed their desire to get on the score sheet. Sadly with new boys Ryan Snape (flanker) and Pearse Johnson (lock) tackling and securing around the ruck Reigate simply could not translate possession into territory and with hard running from Rhodes, Watts and Garvey in the forwards Woking repeatedly broke the line to score.

FT: Woking 100 - Reigate 0.

Garvey, Blundell, Abi Haydar, Johnson, Watts , Snape, Rhodes, Hills, Wogan, Aitchison, Dougherty, Rose, Sines, Boorman, Nearn. Subs: Hamilton-Wilkes, Wallis, Hursthouse

Man of the Match Callum Wogan