Royal Arsenal 10 Woolwich Arsenal 3
Royal Arsenal showed off their championship credentials on Wednesday with a well-earned victory over club rivals Woolwich Arsenal.
After blowing hot and cold last season, RA are off to a hot start in the new league, and they started this game strongly, opening the scoring and racing ahead to a 3-0 lead early in the first half.The first scores came on lightning counter attacks, as the Royals pinched possession from WA passes.
But more impressive than the attacking was the defensive effort, where RA barely conceded an inch as they covered every blade of grass between the cones.On returning to the team, George was at his energetic best, sweeping up behind the defensive line and cutting holes in WA’s defense to set up scores.
And in a dominant first half, RA racked up 6 points to WA’s 1 and went into the break with a comfortable margin between the sides.Woolwich recovered from their shellshock in the second period and quickly fought back with two scores in quick succession.
Christian showed off some flare with a couple of crossfield kicks that found the mark and left RA’s defense flat-footed.
But before long Royal Arsenal got back in the attacking groove to tally up a few more points, with Jenny scoring a well-deserved try after sprinting the length of the pitch on a supporting run.
The second half, that finished 4-3 to RA, was a fairer reflection of the game than the final score indicated.But it was a strong performance from the Royals nonetheless who are full of confidence heading into a clash with Beasts from the East next time out.
Man of the match went to Jules as he provided his usual combo of defensive work rate and offensive speed.And despite the loss, Woolwich can quickly put this performance behind them as key players will likely return for their next match against Tryphoon Season.
Report by Joel Watson