Well having witnessed this season some great Rugby by this collective band of brothers I must say this game fell well short of the standard expected, certainly for the first 40 minutes anyway.
On a pleasant warm autumnal afternoon on the South Coast the game got underway in bright sunshine.
The opening exchanges were very scrappy from both sides with knock ons, offloads when not required and this had the feel of a last game of the season affair when everyone is looking forward to getting off on their summer holidays.
The first score would go to Worthing with 19 minutes played. From a penalty infringement Worthing kicked to the corner after a series of catch and drives Worthing spread the ball for a well worked try by the Worthing full back . 5-0. Despite the first score coming after 19 minutes the Heathens could have opened the scoring if they had not turned down kickable penalties to go for tries. The first of these came after 5 minutes when the Heathens kicked to touch the lineout was won but an over complicated move in midfield brought a knock on. And then 10 minutes later a quick tap from Lee Covington
found Ed Doe sprinting to the line but the ref deemed it was knocked on as the ball was grounded.
Anyway having conceded the first try Worthing failed to gather from the kick off from the resultant penalty Paul Humphries kicked to the corner and a well executed catch and drive brought the Heathens first try from Lee Covington
emerging from the mass of bodies with Paul Humphries adding a great conversion from the touch line. 7-5.
From the kick off Blackheath failed to gather handing possession back to Worthing. Worthing built some pressure through good phase play and then the Worthing 9 sniped blind chipped over for the Worthing centre to touch down, conversion kicked 12-7.
The last score of the half would come from a well worked try from Blackheath. From a scrum the ball found Relon Raybe
who made good ground, the ball was recycled and found Jesse Liston
to break 2 or tackles to touch down. Half time 12-12.
As per the London Scottish game 2 weeks ago the Heathens upped their game winning the second half 28-0.
The first try of the second half started in their own half, James Linfield carried well and went to ground a good offload saw Lee Covington
continue the move, the ball was moved to Paul Humphries who dummied and went 50 metres but a good covering tackle knocked the ball on in the process of touching down. From the Worthing 5 metre scrum the Heathens disrupted it and won possession and powered over the line, ball held up, from the subsequent following 5 scrums, yes five Worthing were penalised for various scrum infringements (penalty try you would think?) until at the 6th attempt Darnie picked and fed Tom Chapman to touch down for another converted try by Humper 19-12.
The second try was another well worked move from a good lineout, Jesse Liston
took a good inside ball and made ground up the centre, James Lindfield continued well in support and quick ball was moved wide for George Bertolis
to touch down, conversion good again from Humper 26-12.
From the kick off the Heathens moved the ball a good break from Tom Chapman found Nick Agbo who passed to Pat Moore who was tackled short and found Dave Bonner in support to touch down, Humper again adding the extras 33-12. The final try of the game would also be the last play as from a quick tap penalty Nick Agbo carried and was tackled just short of the try line good hands found Ed Doe to touch down in the corner for another converted try. Final score 40-12.
As I mentioned earlier not the vintage display we have been used to but as they say a win is a win.
All looking forward to next week when we play our first home game of the season v Cambridge at home in the league.