Last Minute Penalty Defeats Brave Woking

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Woking Team: 
First XV
Opponent Team: 
Old Rutts


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The day was cold, wet and blustery, which made for extremely difficult playing conditions, handling errors: dropped passes and misplaced passes marred the game. But to their credit both sides were prepared to play an expansive game, running from all parts of the field.

Old Ruts opened the scoring with a well crafted try in the right hand corner in the first 5 minutes. Unconverted. Early in the game Woking flanker Tom Boreham, who had just returned to play following a period of time out because of concussion,received another knock to the head and was replaced by veteran Jim McGiven. Woking hit back with a try out wide from Tom Eker. 7 – 5. Woking then created a well worked try from a line out down the line with a loop move to put McGiven into the corner. Converted. 12-5

Old Ruts response was a try from a counter attack after a kick deep into their half from Woking. It moved through several pairs of hands before being scored on the left. Unconverted. Play resumed and tempers became frayed and the shape of the game was temporarily lost as several players from both sides lost their discipline. The referee blew up and calmed the two sets of players down and the rugby resumed, shortly after came the half time break.12-10 to Woking.

Woking’s lineout was working efficiently with Dan Hills and his lifters operating well along the length of the lineout. He even managed to steal a couple of the Old Ruts throw-ins. The scrums were evenly matched, neither side gaining the upper hand during the first period

In the second half the Old Ruts scrummage started to gain dominance with some wrecking set pieces, this led to an increase in possession and eventually to a well fashioned try in the righthand corner. However, Woking were awarded a penalty kicked by Mike Aitchison. to level the scores at 17-17. With only moments left the game looked certain to go into a period of extra time, Old Ruts made one final surge into Woking’s twenty two and following an infringement at the ruck were awarded a penalty which they duly slotted to win a hotly contested match 17-20.

Garvey, Blundell, Hamilton-Wilkes, Haydar, Hursthouse, Boreham, Hills, Watts, Bannister, Aitchison, Nearn, Rose, Eker, Nutt, Wallis, McGiven
MotM Haydar