Match Report March 5th 2022

Spirited display as Woking league campaign ends in defeat.

Harlequins Amateurs RFC 41 vs Woking RFC 12

Woking travelled to Bushey Park to complete their Surrey 4 league campaign against high flying Harlequins Amateurs. In front of a large and expectant home crowd, an experimental Woking side kicked off looking into a strong wind looking to put in a better performance than when the teams met earlier in the season.

Spirited display as Woking league campaign ends in defeat.

Immediately on the front foot the home side attacked with power and pace. Recycling the ball well and stretching the Woking defence before scoring in the corner. Not long after, Harlequins scored their second try and were 10 points ahead inside the opening 10 minutes.  A third try followed when the Harlequins hooker broke from halfway beating multiple defenders to score under the posts. Woking were now up against it and looked to be heading to another heavy defeat.

As the half progressed the Woking forwards woke up and started to get their hands on the ball and began matching their opponent’s physicality at the breakdown. Now on the front foot scrum half Jordan Baker was able to get the back line moving and make some probing breaks himself. With renewed self-belief it was now a completely different game as Woking attacked, forcing mistakes from the opposition. One of which resulted in Baker scoring Woking's first try as Harlequins spilled the ball on their own try line allowing the scrum half to dive on the loose ball. Worrell-Thompson converted.

Realising they were now in a game, Harlequins upped their levels and came back strongly to reassert their dominance, scoring a further two tries before half time.

Half time - Harlequins Amateurs 27 - Woking RFC 7

The second half started in much the same way as the first with Harlequins putting Woking under pressure. However, unlike the first 40 minutes the Woking defence held firm with Max Knight, Jacob Woods and KJ Nissen all making big tackles. Not only that they were taking the game to the hosts when in possession. Knight and player of the match Woods were making ground every time they carried the ball giving the opposition defence plenty to think about. Likewise, scrum half Baker who made several probing breaks.

Now a much more even game both sides were cancelling one another out. Midway through the half after some sustained pressure Harlequins scored again. Undeterred, Woking hit back working their way into Harlequin’s half and producing their best attacking move to put winger Ross Henson over for his first try in senior rugby. Harlequins did score a final converted try close to the end.

Final score Harlequins Amateurs 41 - Woking RFC 12

 

Mick O’Shea, Woking Captain

'If ever a game summed up our season that was it. Again, we started slowly gifting our opponents early tries before we started playing anywhere near the levels we can. When we have that self-belief, we match any team in this league. Unfortunately, we just don't do it consistently enough. As a club and squad, we have come so far this season. We have plenty of positives to build on and be proud of going into next season'.

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