Possibly the second most contested game of the year after Varsity has to be playing our London rivals in the league. We made our way to Berrylands with only one thing on our mind: to destroy UCL. With nerves and excitement high, all 23 players were eager to get on the pitch to battle it out against the “Godless Scum” and claim back victory following last years Varsity defeat 30-12.
The game started slow as both sides were testing the grounds but soon the competitive spirit broke out. Tackles were strong, our scrum was looking good and lots of effort was put into to every ruck. Passions were running high even to the extent that study abroad student Devon ended up in the sin bin.
The backs dominated the game and the try line from the start putting their training efforts into practice. Fresher Marie-Lys once against secured a try making it the third consecutive game to score. She even had her number one fan - her dad – on the sidelines watching her play rugby for the first time! A very emotional and hung-over media sec was loving this moment too much and even had tears in her eyes.
Even though we took the victory winning 45-14 the match revealed that more work is needed in defense. With 5 months until Varsity and with this being the only chance to play UCL before the big day it was a perfect opportunity to see what we needed to focus on in the run up to Varsity.
We all went home feeling victorious but also even more determined to ensure victory over UCL, sorry WhoUCL?, again in March.
Tries: Celina, Emma H, Marie-Lys, Harriet, Chiara (2), Liz, Diane, Lynn
Oppositions Player of the Match: Celina
Forward of the Match: Harriet
Back of the Match: Chiara
It was a classic BUCS Wednesday where our squad of 23 and cheering team made their way to Berrylands to play Reading. Having played Reading before, we were apprehensive knowing their strength from previous years. However, without doubt Kings dominated the game from start to end finishing with an astonishing result of 61-0!
The lionesses took control of the try line within the first 10 minutes, building confidence and setting the pace for the rest of the game. Already at half time we took the lead 41-0 highlighting the effort and commitment we’ve been putting in at training. With such a score gap, backs and forwards were giving some flexibility to put some training moves into practice and experiment on the field. All which paid off!
Special shout out to Harriet, Ana and Lauren W who continually broke through the opposition’s defense and Fresher Daisy for scoring numerous effortless tries and securing us a bonus point! Some risky play was noticed as Kings managed to give away 6 penalties before half time but defense was strong as Reading was unable to break the defense line.
The substitutions made at half time maintained the quality of play and took us to 61-0 at full time. This was a perfect boost of confidence before we take on our London rivals – UCL – on Sunday at Berrylands!
Tries: Claire (1), Emma P (1), Daisy (4), Lauren W (3), Lynn (1), Liz (1)
Conversions: Chloe (3)
Forward of the match: Jess
Back of the match: Chloe
Dick of the day: Daisy
Opposition’s player of the match: Harriet
With 16 players, no forward subs, the morning after Halloween, trekking halfway to Cambridge, rolling in animal feces within the first 5 minutes of the game (sorry girls…), and an unexpected heat wave (quote Liz “I think I might get sun burnt”) the odds were not looking in our favour. But after 80 minutes of everyone giving 100% we managed to proudly secure the win 44 – 12 against Royal Veterinary College.
The game started with clear dominance from KCL securing 4 tries within the first half and allowing only one against us making it 24-5 at half time. We did not achieve this without a fight, however, as RVC were very aggressive in the ruck. 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.
Nevertheless after half time we took to the pitch again and gave another strong performance. Communication was excellent allowing for some great teamwork between forwards and back. In particular the speed, composure and decisiveness of the backs allowed us to dominate the score line and the breaks in the second half. Special shout out to Fresher Mary-Lys scoring not only her first try but she thought she’d give us 2! Both times making a great run leaving not only the opposition in awe but also us!
Also, special mention to sass-queen/dick of the day Chiara for her over emphasized final try, running right to the centre, even making full eye contact with the ref before placing the ball.
Post match we all gathered round to enjoy a warm bowl of tomato soup before making the long, cold, and foggy commute back to London. Oh, and no big deal but we’re also currently top of the LUSL league #KCLstrong
Forward of the Day: Ellie
Back of the Day: Mary Lys
Opposition Player of the Day: Ana
Dick of the Day: Chiara
Tries: Chiara (3), Mary Lys (2), Liz (2), Becky (1),
Conversions: Liz (2)
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