Worthing Warriors vs Canterbury 06.01.19
2019 was kicked off for the Warriors with a journey to Canterbury. The team were able to get good numbers to the match and were keen to show Canterbury how far they have come since meeting them at the beginning of the season. The Warriors kicked off the game and were straight up on the home team. The intensity from the Warriors was there from the start, spending a considerable amount of time in Canterbury’s 22. After a number of phases and some great work from the forwards ensuring the ball was secured at every break down, Gabie Archer made a brilliant offload to Captain Giorgia Palethorpe who, after shaking off her tackler, powered through the defence scoring the first try of the game near the posts. Shortly after the restart Warriors lost position but fought hard to defend in their half. Canterbury eventually broke through the defence scoring in the corner. The Warriors continued to work hard in their defence with several players, including Shivvy O’Hara and Sara Dennett, making cracking tackles. Just before half time Canterbury exploited the overlap scoring under the posts making for an easy conversion.
The second half started with the Warriors receiving the ball and quickly getting back into Canterbury’s half. Unfortunately a reversed penalty gave Canterbury the perfect opportunity to score the first try of the second half. The Warriors were not disheartened and responded with a very well worked phase of play pulling the ball all the way across the pitch allowing Emma Quinn to exploit the gap and score her first try for Worthing Warriors. Canterbury then scored two tries in quick succession and converted one of them. The Warriors continued to battle on and made a few break throughs but Canterbury’s defence manage to hold them back each time. Canterbury scored a final two tries ending the game with a score of 43-10. The home team may have scored a number more tries had it not been for the high work rate of scrum half, Jas Spalding, and fall back, Lorraine O’Connor, who made a number of try saving tackles. Coach Phil Lavill expressed his joy of coaching such a brilliant game for the Warriors and stated that ‘Despite the 33 point deficit the team fought to the very end and played with heart.’