Worthing Raiders vs London Irish Wild Geese

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Results

TeamTriesConversionsBPPointsOutcome
Raiders42127Win
London Irish Wild Geese21122Loss

Details

Date Time League Season Match Day Full Time
02/09/2017 3:00 pm National Division Two South 2017-2018 Saturday 80'

A hot, late summer’s day heralded the arrival of the new National 2 South league season at Roundstone Lane. Several of our most experienced players have retired from rugby at this level and so we’ll not have the likes of Scott Barlow, Ryan Storer, Rob Smith, Finlay Coxon-Smith, Ben Loosmore, and Alex Nielsen on the field this season. Their contributions to Raiders’ performances have been immense over the years and will be missed.


KO 9 10 32 35 36 40 45 49 54 65 75 77 FT

Raiders

# Player Position Red Card Yellow Card T C P DG
1George Head 18Prop000000
2Will Gearing-GriefHooker000000
3Dan Sargent 19Prop000000
4Joe Spurgeon 17Lock000000
5Jack LakeLock000000
6Kemp PriceBack Row000000
7John DaweBack Row000000
8Liam PerkinsBack Row002 (9', 32')000
9Matt WalshScrum-Half000000
10Matt McLeanFly-Half0002 (10', 36')1 (75')0
11Sam Hampson 20Wing01 (45')1 (35')000
12Jack ForrestCentre000000
13Kiba RichardsCentre000000
14Jack MaslenWing000000
15Kieran LeemingFull-Back000000
16George HarrisBack Row000000
17Elliott Worrall 4Lock000000
19Tom Adams 3Prop000000
18Grant Gatford 1Prop000000
20Sam Boyland 11Scrum-Half001 (77')000
 Total 014210

London Irish Wild Geese

Position Red Card Yellow Card T C P DG
 002110
Red Card
0
0
Yellow Card
1
0
T
4
2
C
2
1
P
1
1
DG
0
0

Recap

A hot, late summer’s day heralded the arrival of the new National 2 South league season at Roundstone Lane.

Several of our most experienced players have retired from rugby at this level and so we’ll not have the likes of Scott Barlow, Ryan Storer, Rob Smith, Finlay Coxon-Smith, Ben Loosmore, and Alex Nielsen on the field this season. Their contributions to Raiders’ performances have been immense over the years and will be missed.

The Raiders’ squad for today’s game included summer signings, Matt Walsh, Kemp Price, John Dawe, Elliott Worrall, Sam Hampson, Joe Spurgeon, Jack Maslen and George Head (Harlequins Academy).

The crowd of nearly 500 were eager to see the new look squad in action.

Raiders kicked off through the boot of Kieran Leeming and a fast open game was set in motion. It was Wild Geese who settled quickest and they opened the scoring with a converted try after only two minutes. At the first scrum of the match it was evident that the home side were dominant and the referee awarded a penalty in their favour. After a period of possession inside the opponents 22, Raiders had a scrum 5 yards from the try line. The power of the scrum put the defence on the back foot and allowed Liam Perkins to pick up at the base and score unopposed. Matt McLean added the extras to bring the score to 7-7. The visitors continued to play a fast open brand of rugby and were rewarded with another try in the 18th minute, the conversion was unsuccessful. 7-12.

For the next ten minutes Wild Geese had the majority of possession but the Raiders’ defence held firm. The final ten minutes of the half saw Raiders playing with great confidence and skill. The interplay between backs and forwards was excellent. Dan Sargent made a characteristic burst for the line, and from the ruck that followed Liam Perkins scored his second try of the day. With the conversion missed, Raiders were level at 12-12.

From the restart Raiders were quickly back on the attack and an outstanding cross-field kick from Kieran Leeming was caught at full pace by Sam Hampson who sprinted in to score to the left of the posts. With the conversion from Matt McLean, the home side moved into a 19-12 lead.

A great end to the half for the home side.

Half-time Raiders 19 Wild Geese 12

The visitors kicked off in the second half and were quickly back into their stride. Sam Hampson was yellow carded for a deliberate knock-on and it was during this period that Wild Geese levelled the scores with a converted try. 19-19.

Raiders made good use of their replacements during the second half in order to maintain the high pace of the game. The score remained the same for most of the half. Both sides had plenty of possession and played attractive rugby. Raiders came close to scoring on a couple of occasions but couldn’t quite get over the line. As the game moved into the last five minutes, Raiders’ pressure on the opposition defence earned them a penalty 25 metres from the posts. Matt McLean kicked the 3 points to give the home side a slender lead.

Within a minute, Sam Boyland sprinted over in the corner to round off some good handling and bring the first bonus point of season. 27-19.

In the final moments of the game the visitors attacked the Raiders’ line, but were unable to score the try they sought. Eventually, from the final kick of the game they kicked a penalty to secure a losing bonus point.

Final score 27-22.

A good start to the season, a game with lots of exciting open play for the crowd to enjoy and most importantly a bonus point win.

Coach Jody Levett was particularly pleased with the way the team had closed out the game, something that has been a problem in recent seasons when defending a lead. Other positives were the quality of ball produced from scrum and lineout allowing the team to play on the front foot and the way the new players have settled into the squad.

 

Bowers & Wilkins Man of the Match: Liam Perkins

Venue

Roundstone Lane
A280, Angmering, Littlehampton BN16, UK