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Worting Raiders 38-18 Canterbury
Worting Raiders 38-18 Canterbury

An out of sorts Canterbury were made to pay heavily for poor discipline and basic errors which made for life all too easy for Raiders who cruised to a six try National 2 East victory.  

The city side shipped four of those scores in the first half as they repeatedly gave away penalties and brought crushing pressure on themselves.  

By half time they were sixteen points in arrears and struggling to find a way into the game. 

Worthing took an early lead with a try from full back Fergus Guiry, converted by Harrison Sims, and they were always in front.

A Frank Reynolds penalty goal put Canterbury on the scoreboard but they were soon on the retreat and a yellow card for Will Calder brought the inevitable punishment with a catch and drive try for Raiders hooker Elliott Luke. 

The one bright spot of the half for Canterbury came in the 29th minute when Cameron Murray powered over for a close range try but an attack plagued by handling mistakes and stray passes fell well below the required standards. 

Worthing forged further ahead with two tries before the break. A yellow card for Tyler Oliver and a penalty try was quickly followed by the bonus point score.

Canterbury coughed up another penalty and Jonny Smith was driven over from the lineout.    

It wasn’t until the last quarter of the game that the city side came to life. By then Raiders were out of sight thanks to Luke’s second try, converted by Sims, and the best Canterbury could hope for was a losing bonus point.

The late momentum brought two tries for the hard working Billy Young, sandwiched by Worthing’s last touchdown, another close quarter blast finished by Ethan Clarke.

That consolation bonus point was clearly on offer as Canterbury’s backs launched the final attack of the game, but the accuracy that was missing all afternoon denied them again.

Canterbury: M.Halliday, F.Morgan, W.Waddington, T.Best, G.Hilton, F.Reynolds, W.Calder, B.Young,  N.Morris, D.Herriott, D.Irvine, J.De Vries, J.Stephens, C.Murray, T.Oliver. Replacements: A.Cooper, E.Lusher, R.Cadman, B.Cooper, R.Howard.

Pictures supplied by Phillipa Hilton.