The First XV returned to winning ways this past Saturday, overcoming a tough and physical challenge from Worth Old Boys at Coombe Lane. This win made amends for the loss the OWs suffered away to Worth Old Boys back in October, and now puts them at sixth place with a game in hand in a very tight league table.

Three Tries Prove to be Enough on the Day 

The home side got off to a nervous start, allowing the visitors to get on the score board early against the run of play. Inside the OW half, an attacking kick through from Worth Old Boys was fumbled on the try line, and their chasing winger was able to dot the ball down for an opportunistic five-pointer. 

The OWs quickly regained their composure though, and with that regained control of the game. Richard Hutton, playing at inside centre, made his way over for a well taken try, which captain James Howell converted from close range. 

Wing James Murphy also managed to get on the score sheet, and played very well overall in both attack and defence, giving his opposite man a terrible time for much of the game. Despite the miserable weather, it was clear that both teams wanted to play plenty of positive rugby which made it an entertaining contest for the spectators. 

Positives for the OWs included a good set piece, resilient defence, and the strength in depth they were able to call upon from the bench. Late in the second half, after some fantastic phase play and good continuity between backs and forwards, the home team's third try was scored by flanker Angus Fairbairn and converted by Murphy, securing a well deserved win with a final score of 22-12.

Praise for Several Stand-Out Performers 

Richard Hutton, whose versatility across a number of key positions is proving an invaluable asset this season, was rightly named Man of the Match for his efforts. 

A special mention should also go to Angus Fairbairn, who carried relentlessly into the heart of the Worth defence for the full 80 minutes and continually kept his team going forward over the gain line. 

Dynamic back Joe Walsh also did very well on the day to step into the unfamiliar role of number 10, managing the extra responsibility with ease and getting the OW back line firing in tricky conditions.

On to the Next Challenge 

Attention now turns to preparations for another stern test away at Old Ruts this weekend.

Full commitment and high intensity in training will be crucial if the First XV is to finally get the win away from home that has been so lacking, but the team should be confident they can replicate their Boxing Day heroics against familiar opposition this coming Saturday.



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