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Worthing College battle past Portsmouth Grammar

Worthing College reached the last 32 of the U18 Cup after winning a torrid encounter with Portsmouth Grammar 11-0. 

The home side had the edge in the scrum and at the breakdown early on, but gave away too many penalties and they were given a warning shot when an excellent effort from the Portsmouth fly half fell a metre short. 

The first half was combative in all aspects and the Portsmouth back row did an  excellent job to slow down and turn over ball.

Both midfields closed each other down and most of the field positions were gained by good kicking from both fly halves. 

Worthing took a 6-0  lead thanks to their No 10 Reece Jordan who kicked two  penalties as half time approached. 

Portsmouth played with a constant breeze in the second half but were starved  of possession by the Worthing pack's physicality.

Portsmouth, having defended numerous 5m scrums and attacking phases, held out   until a strong run  from Ryan Ball on the wing took the play towards the Portsmouth line.

Worthing piled on the pressure and although the excellent Greg Bush was denied  what looked a certain try on the line, Matthew Sercombe eventually went over  for the vital score.

Portsmouth made an heroic effort to get back in the game and camped out in  the home side's 22m but a defiant Worthing proved impenetrable and with  Portsmouth passing on kickable penalties being two scores behind, Worthing were  able to run down the clock. 

This victory, based on a superb team effort, earns Worthing another home tie against Sevenoaks, who were 45-17 winners at St Olave's.  

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