Farnham III 38 Woking II 14 Surrey Junior Vase

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Woking Team: 
Second XV
Opponent Team: 
Farnham III


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Woking Rugby 2nd XV travelled to Farnham RFC to start their battle for the Incentive FM Surrey Plate. Woking, sitting top of their league table, were eager to make a statement on Jonny Wilkinson’s boyhood turf.

Woking worked tirelessly at training to implement a new 15-man zonal attacking pattern, and the dry weather and pitch conditions were perfect for running rugby. From the off, Woking had Farnham scrambling from side-to-side, through industrious work by the forward pods in making the hard yards and securing quick ball, and crisp hands from out-half Mark Sargeson to release the backs. A final pass was knocked on with the tryline beckoning to deny an early Woking score.

Farnham were also eager to run at any opportunity which had the Woking defense stretched out wide. A kick-chase and favourable bounce of the ball led to their winger gathering at pace to run in for the first score. Farnham had their tails up and scored another two tries in quick succession through their powerful backs and some missed one-up tackles.

These scores felt somewhat against the run of play. Woking were enjoying the lion’s share of the possession and territory, through dynamic carries from the forwards in midfield including John Dickie and Jon Hursthouse. The front row helped by Lee Bell out wide saw Woking work from end-to-end up to the 5 metre line. With Even Marchant screaming for the ball out wide, a parting of the Red Sea allowed for scrum half and skipper Ross Cahalane to dummy and run in under the posts.

Woking scored again shortly after the break with flanker Shaun Gilbert brushing off four tackles to rumble in under the posts. With both sides electing for running rugby to please the clubhouse terrace, it became a lung-busting effort to keep up. Woking however had the nudge at scrummaging throughout due to a fantastic combined front and second row effort, with positions changing to cover injuries. Although Ben Dinsdale and Tom Blackburn defended magnificently throughout, Woking ultimately could not halt another couple of scores from the Farnham backs to seal them the game.

N. Otter, M. Sipin, S. Power, L. Bell, J Hursthouse, S. Gilbert, B. Dinsdale, J. Dickie, R Cahalane, M Sargeson, T. Smith, E. Marchant, T. Blackburn, K. Lambert, J. Baker

Subs: B. Bremner, B. Simmons Kind Regards

MotM B.Dinsdale