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Watford RFC through to RFU Junior Vase second round
11:00am Friday 20th September 2013 in Sport
Watford RFC advanced to the second round of the RFU Junior Vase following a narrow 18-17 win against Woking.
In front of a strong crowd, Watford started brightly but were unable to open up an early lead and a penalty was missed.
Watford struggled at times with the referee’s interpretation of the new scrummaging laws and pressure was eventually converted to points with the visitors going 5-0 up after a well worked score in the corner.
Despite having the upper hand, Watford were again penalised by the referee and Woking ran in their second try of the contest to open up a 10-0 lead.
This served to rouse Watford with the pack taking charge and working their way up the park. The home side were awarded a penalty and after Martin Lee was held up on the line, David D’Anna collected and touched down for an unconverted try.
Watford made changes at the interval but after an early yellow card for Flint, they went further behind as Woking ran in their third try.
Watford upped their game and began to control the contest. Paul Dunlop excelled in the backs, adding a cutting edge to the home sides attack which had been at times lacking during the first half.
Portway crossed for Watford to reduce the deficit to seven points and Woking were clinging on to their lead.
Eventually the home sides pressure paid dividends and JR Greyling collected to a punt forward before running clear and touching down. The conversion was narrowly missed, meaning Watford had to score in the last five minutes to remain in the competition.
With the pack in fine fettle, the ball was driven up the park. Excellent control and physicality around the fringes of the breakdown eventually forced a tricky penalty wide of the posts.
Tom McGee showed nerves of steel to shake off his niggling injury and kick Watford into the next round by the narrowest of margins.
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