Old Caterhamians

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First XV
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Old Caterhamians


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Wokings third outing in Surrey III was always going to be a big test with the club suffering a lengthy injury list to first string players, but following a confidence inspiring team talk from captain Mark Rose and the experience of vintage tighthead prop Colin Pearce they took to the field purposefully and with intent.

Old Cats started strongly only to find Woking’s defence robust and they only managed a solitary penalty in the first twenty five minutes. Led from the front by captain Mark Rose who made a number of strong tackles and the experienced Mike Aitchison who used the ball well with a strong kicking game the likes of young players Marc McGiven, the third of the McGiven dynasty, and John Dickie stood up and were counted as the pressure mounted.

Following a facial injury to full back Chris Wallis it was inevitable that Woking’s brave defence would be breached and so it was to be following a handling error in midfield. It was not all defence from Woking and with Aitchison directing play they came close to drawing level on a number of occasions but ended the half 8 = 0 down.

The second half started following the same pattern until injuries to wing Gareth Nearn and fly half Aitchison allowed the flood gates to open and Old Cats took full advantage appearing to cross the line at will, Woking showed fine spirit never allowing their heads to drop and scored a well deserved converted try touched down by John Dickie. Following their first defeat in over a season captain Mark Rose thanked all those that had stood up to cover injuries and told them never to forget how defeat feels and to avoid ever feeling the same again by training hard and listening to their coaches and showing the same hard nosed resolve as they had today.

1 Dave Garvey
2 Dan Camioni - Norman
3 Colin Pearce
4 Lee Haydar
5 Lee Bell
6 Ryan Snape
7 John Dickie
8 Pearce Johnson
9 Harry Jarman
10 Mike Aitchinson
11 Tom Smith
12 Mark Rose (Capt)
13 Gareth Nearn
14 Mark McGiven
15 Chris Wallis

Subs Paul Rose, Ross Cahalne

MotM :- John Dickie