Rugby: Bede's 1st XI v Worth

Bede's kicked off their season this afternoon with a 21-17 loss to the hands of a Worth side, whose team was bolstered by a Wales international.

In perfect conditions for a great game of running rugby, Worth started strongly being camped in Bede's 22. Only some excellent defence from the boys in green stopped several early scores before the pressure told and Worth crashed over for their first converted try.

This galvanised a Bede's team who had not yet shown their attacking abilities and were intent on exerting some pressure of their own.

Bede's spent the latter part of the first half showing just what they could do, keeping the ball for large intervals before finally breaking through Worth's line. Novell scored, Spicer converted, making the score 7 - 7.

Bede's then continued their assault on the Worth line but in the dying minutes of the half a kick through was re-gathered by Worth and some smart interplay led to their second try which they converted.

The second half repeated the pattern of the first, with Worth starting stronger and eventually breaking through for their 3rd try which was again converted to bring the score to 21 - 7.

The spirited and well-disciplined Bede's side came back at them with the forward powering over the gain-line giving the backs more space to run in and they were able to work their way down the field and Josh Novell managed to rumble over in the corner leaving a tough conversion which was missed to bring the score to 21 - 12.

With time ticking away and victory slipping from their grasp, Bede's were now playing for pride and Worth's physical defence seemed like it might hold the Greens at bay.

Bede's kept the ball well though and a series of drives created one final chance which was well taken by Harry Walker in the corner. The conversion was missed and turned out to be the last kick of a fantastic game which finished 21 - 17.

Several players impressed, particularly amongst the new guys from the upper 5th. Archie Ridpath's tackling kept Bede's in the game at times, George Pantry distributed the ball well under serious pressure from the Worth forwards and Paddy Ankjaer and Ben Boorman ran well with the ball in hand.

The man of the match was Josh Novell, however; his tireless work in the contact and dynamic handling skills from the base of the scrum set him apart.

Well done boys.

Paddy O'Hara

Bede's 1st XI Rugby Coach