Old Johnians 40 Woking 17 Surrey III 16th February 2019

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Woking Team: 
First XV
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Old Johnians


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On a perfect afternoon for rugby Woking welcomed back Blundell, Sines, Nearn and Rose from their extensive injury list to bolster those that have stood up bravely over the past couple of months.

The match got underway with Woking applying pressure from the start and forcing Johnians to concede a number of penalties and on five minutes Nearn collected a high ball in his twenty two and set off on a powerful run discarding opponents as he progressed down the left wing, Johnians had no answer to his power and pace and with the assistance of O’Shea he broke through the final defensive tackle to open the scoring Woking 5 Johnians 0.

Johnians addressed their discipline issues and got themselves on the front foot mounting a number of attacks but Wokings defence held firm with O’Shea and Hills making try saving tackles inevitably following a period of sustained pressure Johnians dotted down for a converted try to take the lead.

The game began to swing back Wokings way with their pack taking control and forcing Johnians back to their own line a strong maul leading to the impressive O’Shea scoring their second try of the day which Sargeson duly converted. Johnians responded scoring twice themselves before man of the match Nearn set off on yet another powerful direct run down his wing supported by Smith and Sines five yards out a ruck formed and was cleared out by Hursthouse and Hills providing the space for Blundell to pick the ball up and dive over the line. As has been the story of the season injuries to scrum half Cahalane and prop Hamilton-Wilkes disrupted Wokings game plan and as the match progressed Johnians took full advantage.

Despite the scoreline this was an encouraging performance from Woking and as returning players gain full match sharpness results will undoubtedly improve.

1, Alisdair Hamilton-Wilkes
2, Rory Blundell
3, Simon Power
4,Dan Hills
5, Jon Hursthouse
6, Mick O’Shea
7, John Dickie
8, Pearce Johnson (capt)
9, Ross Cahalane
10, Marc Sargeson
11, Tom Smith
12, Matt Boorman
13, Jake Sines
14, Gareth Nearn
15, Harry Jarman
16, Mark Rose
Man of the match. Nearn