Another match that came with live updates from our twitter, not that they were particularly informative other than keeping the score updated... This was our first game in the BUCS cup and KCLWRFC were more than ready for it. Brunel had asked for uncontested scrums prior to the game, boring we know, especially when we've been winning the majority of scrums recently. Thankfully this didn't affect our performance and mindset.
The first try came fairly early on from El, showing her pace, power and footwork (I can't believe I'm saying this about a forward). Alice's first then followed with a storming run. Our dominance in the breakdown was present early on and our forward power allowed Lynn to get a try close to the posts. Harriet was next up to score, taking the time to put it between the posts making Alice's conversion easy. With 20 minutes gone and the score on 22-0 we looked set for a strong win. However Brunel utilised on a penalty close to our try line to take the score to 22-7. There were a few more chances near their try line that didn't come through as Brunel put their best efforts into defence, however El was able to break the line once again for anther try. At 27-7 we conceded another penalty, this time in Brunel's kicking distance to allow the score to reach 27-10. KCLWRFC had a bit of a talking to and were not allowed to concede any more!
In the second half we knew the game wasn't completely secure yet so continued to up the pace. Joelle got her first try for us and we were on a roll. The backs pulled out some incredible moves and proved themselves to be smart, fast and organised. Anna (their player of the match for us) deserves an Oscar for one of her dummies! Alice was next to get a try and converted it herself. This was promptly followed by yet another for El. Anne-Julie added to the scoreboard (again from a backs move) before El got yet another. Harriet put another 5 points on the board which Alice converted to make it 61-10. With pints promised for everyone by our forwards coach there was another late surge as El got her total to 5 tries, and Alice got the conversion to make the final score 68-10. A massive congratulations to the whole team, with Jenny taking to 10 for the first time, Helena playing 9 in her first match for us and Sara making an incredible move from the backs to the forwards. Everyone really put the effort in and the whole team came off smiling, no just at the win but knowing that they played so well and had so much fun. I'd like to say a special thanks to Brunel who were genuinely one of the nicest, fairest teams we've come up against and we look forward to meeting them again in the league very soon. Well done everyone!
Try Scorers - El (5), Harriet(C)(2), Alice (2 + 4 conversions), Anne-Julie (1), Joelle (1), Lynn (1)
Forward of the match - Joelle
Back of the match - Anne-Julie
Dick of the day - Jenny (forgot your boots, turned up late, lost your gumshield on the pitch...)
KCL versus the godless scum = one of the biggest rivalries known to London. Everyone was going into the match with the same mindset: take no prisoners. Unfortunately this meant that throughout the early stages of the game both teams were putting in some high tackles and both teams got warned for it. The whole game seemed fairly evenly matched with the majority of play between both side's 22 lines. UCL only managed a breakthrough try from a quick penalty in the first half as we had a rare lapse in concentration but UCL's key players were spotted fairly soon allowing us to wrap them up. A series of strong tackles were made from both sides but KCL then came off worse from the high tackle warning as one of our players got yellow carded as a result just before half time.
In the second half with a player down for 10 minutes we were always going to be struggling against an overlap, and UCL utilised this as we conceded our second try. Our defence did its best and we can take pride in the fact that with a 14 v 15 advantage UCL were only able to squeeze one past us. With 2 tries against us we came back fighting. With some serious power from the forwards (who were winning pretty much every scrum and maul) Anna was able to make it over the try line to get the score to 10-5. Unfortunately UCL had one player with pace who managed to find a gap to comeback with their 3rd try, despite a cracking chase from a couple of King's girls. This game really did consist of some strong rugby all round, a testament to all the improvements we've made over the past fewEveryone fought their hardest and the performance we put in is one to be proud of. The final score, 15-5, could have easily gone the other way with a bit of luck. The best scoreline we've ever had against UCL...so far...!
Try Scorers - Anna
Forward of the match - Georgina
Back of the match - Anne-Julie
Dick of the day - Sara E (a yellow card AND missing a conversion in front of the posts... )
This match came live to you through our twitter, which will only be done on special occasions so don't get used to it... The weather was disgusting for the match, a real introduction to rugby as a 'winter' sport. The opposition rocked up with 13 players meaning that flankers had to be dropped, a real shame when we had such a good turnout ourselves. But our forwards were still easily able to dominate in the game and take control for the full 80 minutes. Our first try came from our captain Harriet, who seems to be vying for the top scorer trophy this season it seems! This was the first of her 3 in the match, and after another stellar performance the Hertfordshire girls named her player of the match. 5 minutes into the game this was a great start. An epic drive from the forwards followed shortly after with Sara E managing to get the ball over the line. Less than 5 minutes later we had yet another try-scoring opportunity via Sara who unfortunately knocked it on over the line. This luckily didn't matter in the grand scheme of things as El showed Herts who was boss with a streaking run to make the scoreline hit 15-0. A couple of mistakes in our own 22 meant we gave away a penalty however the King's defence proved far too strong for Herts to make anything of it. From this 'back foot' position, we secured a turnover with some more powerful rucking and break after break after break led to Harriet getting another try. Half time and the scoreline was 20-0.
At the break it was clear who was in control of the match, it was just time to decide the scoreline. Unfortunately the ref seemed to take a distaste to us so we had another 'opposition' to contend with so to speak... Alice started the 2nd half off with a cracking try however just 5 minutes later the ref made his official warning to the players on the pitch (and I'm sure us lot on the sidelines) to stop coaching him. From the restart, some incredible momentum from a maul (of which there were many thanks to our incredible strength) pushed us out of our 22 allowing Harriet to get yet another try. 30-0, with more to come. Within the next 5 minutes, Lynn managed a push over the line only for Herts to hold it up. Thankfully El finished off the play to get herself another try, only for her to be yellow carded for mouthing back at an opposition player (who started it...). Unfortunately we did then concede one try. I'd say it was a set play, but the ref getting in the way of our clearance kick so it smacked him in the head and practically bounced into their hands can hardly count as a preplanned game move. Anna Layden proved we were on top with a comeback try taking the scoreline to 40-5. With Anna M back on the pitch and El let back on, we completely controlled the final 15 minutes, and despite Herts 'refusing to let Anna score' she was able to therefore set up pretty much every other try... Lynn got revenge for her held up try earlier taking the scoreline to 45-5 and El finished off with her own vengeance to get us up to the 50-5 mark. Alice took up kicking duty to slot it through the posts for the final whistle. Final score 52-5. STRONG.
Try Scorers - Harriet (C)(3), El (3), Sara (1), Lynn (1), Anna L (1), Alice (1 + 1 conversion)
Forward of the match - El
Back of the match - Alice
Dick of the day - Jenny (as our captain leaves the pitch you get told of
Coming so close yet so far is always the worst, and when a scoreline doesn't go your way based only on a conversion it is a painful memory. Traveling out to near Heathrow for the match and then not quite managing the result we wanted made Sunday long for KCLWRFC. The match was definitely one of two halves. Dominating for the first 35 minutes, playing the majority of it in their 22 led to the first try from sheer hard work, brute force and determination. This game felt physical with a lot play being forward balls so the fact that our first try came from our captain Harriet was no surprise. Unfortunately the calls made surrounding the rucks weren't going our way so a lot of opportunities weren't able to be capitalized on and the number of penalties and scrums became frustrating for all. However our defence for this part of the game was on point and the energy throughout the team was evident. The second try came in quick succession, and when I say that I mean literally straight after! Lilly controlled it from the restart and ran the rest of the length of the pitch to place it down between the posts making the conversion easy enough this time round. A short lapse in concentration 5 minutes to the end of the first half led to Imperial's comeback try between the posts making the score at half time 12-7.
With the game this close the second half was always going to be make or break. The forwards have probably never scrummaged so much in their lives and with injuries and absentees meaning there were some players out of position I'm sure everyone was exhausted (and in pain today!). Imperial's second try came from a charged down kick from us which bounced perfectly for their player to score between the posts unfortunately allowing the conversion to be made as well. It did seem that we lost some motivation in the second half, something that will be addressed in future, but with a bit of a mish mash of players and only one sub the scoreline shows out overall resilience. Imperial's scrums were strong and the match was well fought from both sides resulting into a very close game. Unlucky KCLWRFC, onto the next one!
Try Scorers - Harriet Orrell (C) & Lilly Hunt (1 + 1 conversion)
Forward of the match - Anna MacDonald
Back of the match - Lilly Hunt
Dick of the day - MArtin Burke (our forwards coach, who proceeded to throw up after downing his pint as he still hadn't gone to bed from his night out before
There's been a lot going on here at KCLWRFC so I forgot to say, the away game on Wednesday was postponed until another date thanks to an interesting decision from our sports administrator...
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BOOM. Today was a pretty damn epic win in our first LUSL league match. Playing GKT (our own university's medics team) was always going to be a feisty match, especially as payback was needed for them winning by the skin of their teeth at macadam and breaking our president's arm in the process. Needless to say, revenge was taken as Lilly started off the match with the first try, taking her time to place it between the posts to make her conversion easy. Our captain became the canon ball of the match, showing incredible pace and power as she blasted through line after line of defense and eventually scoring our second try from a well timed 8-pick. The third came, again from Lilly, after some nicely set up forwards plays and offloading leading to a breaking run to the wing and a diving score. Unfortunately GKT's attempt at a try-saving tackle meant Lilly had to sit out the rest of the match, not that she was needed to improve the scoreline anymore. GKT came back fighting as they always do (they are not a team that will give up!) and pulled back another 2 tries, both of which they were unable to convert. KCLWRFC are also a team not to give up and, unsatisfied with the closeness of the scoreline, responded with another try from our captain Harriet. This was then slotted nicely through the posts by Sara. Think that's all? Hell no! We were on a roll and our next tries came in quick succession to finish out the match. The first from Alice and second from Anna (neither were converted but damn they were beautifully fought tries). SIT DOWN GKT. Well played KCL.
Try Scorers - Lilly Hunt (2 + 1 conversion), Harriet Orrell (2), Anna MacDonald (1), Alice Smith (1), Sara Eskola (1 conversion)
Forward of the match - Harriet Orrell (C)
Back of the match - Alice Smith
Dick of the day - Bethan Phillips (no one should be slowing down with the ball 'in case they hurt the other player...' Silly nurse...)
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