Superb Raiders inflict first defeat on leaders Richmond

WORTHING Raiders Rugby Club recorded an outstanding 21-17 over National 2 South leaders Richmond on Saturday (November 5).

Richmond had won all 10 of their games heading into the match, with a four-try bonus point in each game, while Raiders were looking to bounce back after a 49-14 loss at Hartpury followed nine successive victories.

Richmond touched down their only try of the game after just two minutes through Tom Chesters.

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Gareth Wynne was off target with the conversion but he kicked over a penalty on eight minutes to give the visitors a 8-0 lead.

Joe Govett got Raiders back into the game with an excellent try on 15 minutes, and Matt McLean added the extras.

Toby Henry responded with a drop goal for Richmond on 29 minutes but Raiders responded with two converted tries in three minutes through Kiba Richards and McLean to go 21-11 ahead.

Wynne kicked two penalties late in the half to make it 21-17 at the break.

Raiders survived a spell down to 14 men in the second half when Ollie Luke was sinbinned and also a lengthy spell of Richmond pressure late on to record an excellent win in front of a crowd of around 1,000 at Roundstone Lane.

For full match report, reacton and pictures, see the November 10 edition of the Worthing Herald.