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We are always happy to play a great match, this time against our friendly neighbourhood rivals, LSE, who are awesome girls with great spirit for the game (as opposed to their male counterparts, cough cough).
There was clear dominance from KCL squad from the beginning, despite our minuscule squad. We were edging on 17 players because of a few injuries, RFU development sessions and some players actually having a life apart from rugby (did we teach you nothing!?). So without throwing the term around lightly, the first 20 minutes was a breeze for KCL, smashing and pacing as best as we could. Amy C. scored within few minutes and Helen echoed shortly afterwards. Next, LSE began to gain more confidence and less fear of our massive forwards pack and were able to challenge us at our own try line.
Hannah and Camille did a great joint try just before second half. Particularly wingers had a strong game, since LSE's defense was lax and not very spread. This paved way for back line, forwards and scrum-half to utilise Cathy, Emma H and Helena, who had a chance to show off their strength and agility and made many metres. Quote Helena: 'This is the most fun game I've played in years!'.
Support play was much better, especially in the first 20 minutes. We have established and trained a great back row which, despite a few changes because of injuries, were continuously rucking, supporting the backs and the tight five ball carriers, of whom Helen and Amy C. stood out (or, as LSE called her, 'the black eye'). Despite an illegal LSE try (YOU CAN'T ROLL AND SCORE AFTER BEING TACKLED, REF!!!!!!! - sincerely, tackling media sec), we stayed on top of our game and finished the match with Captain Lynn neatly laying down the law with a great try.
Everyone played excellently and to their strengths. I can confidently say that almost all positions have been opened for competition after today's match as many played above expectations. Shout-out to LSE for suggesting the match, for being great sports and fun to play.
Photos by Hailey, match report by Celina (who finally got some action shots of herself - thanks, Hailey!).
Tries: Amy C. (1), Helen (1), Hannah (1), Lynn (1)
Opposition's PotM: Amy C.
Forward of the Match: Helen
Back of the Match: Cathy
Dick of the Day: Coach Nat for 'accidentally' putting a 16th player, Bethan, on the pitch, only to carry her off because of injury approximately 30 seconds after kick-off.
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For RVC, we had to battle all the elements: post-Christmas fitness, remote location halfway to Cambridge and the immense cold of the North.
The game started with a clear dominance from KCL and a thirst for a win which paid off after 10 minutes. Strong forwards game smashed through the game line repeatedly and Amy S. was quick to notice a gaping hole in RVC's defense, placing a solid try.
RVC was not one to go down without a fight and posed a real challenge to us for the remainder of the first half, pushing us to our own try line. The lack of fitness started to show as RVC was very aggressive in the ruck and we were not. That's definitely something to work on in the new year (along with general fitness). This did mean that we lost the ball quite a lot compared to what we should have, even though we were clearly the dominating and ball-carrying team. The muddiest pitch of the season did not help the least. By half-time, the score was 7-5.
We had lots of changes in the scrum and later uncontested, which made it difficult to achieve the stability that we're used to from our scrummage, as always. Despite this, when we did have momentum, we absolutely powered through, forwards and backs alike. Particularly the backs had an awesome game, dominating the score line and the breaks in the second half. Speed, composure and pressure paired with decisiveness made awesome impact. Ana successfully laid down the ball after a rehearsed backs move (the first time it ever worked - yay!). Similarly, Hannah (just returned from the colonies) quickly picked up a dropped RVC ball and was at the try line in three easy steps, effectively ending the game.
A great game with great weather, great view and a great start to 2015.
Tries: Amy S. (1), Ana (1), Hannah (1)
Conversions: Liz (2)
Opposition's Player of the Match: Jas (as she had gone on honeymoon, Celina graciously and gratefully took one for the team)
Forward of the Match: Lynn
Back of the Match: Ana
Dick of the Day: Amy S. for scoring her very first try.
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