Finally, our first BUCS game of 2015 after a couple of reschedules and frozen pitches. We have had trainings instead so we really felt the need to kickstart again with all we have been working on and to unleash our inner lionesses by some good old tackling.
The last time we went all the way to Brunel University we lost by quite a lot, so it was a thrill to return to central London with this big a victory, almost matching our 2014 Macadam win.
The first half started out with great confidence as we broke the game line continuously across the board and we scored within few minutes. Big breaks were made and maintained, and it often took more than 3 opposition players to take us down because of our momentum. We also had the chance to try what we had practiced in training as Brunel weren't very aggressive in ruck or defense, so ball possession was ours through most of the game.
Because we were constantly on the attacking side, our energy was conserved for the second half, where we tried more creative back line balls. Brunel did gain considerable ground on us, mostly because of a nippy fullback, who sneaked in a try at one point (though we mostly managed to chase her down - shoutout to winger Helena!). We did otherwise defend strongly at our own try line and managed to turn over a ball, run it down the pitch and score a solid try - that's how we like it! We maintained cool heads and reminded ourselves of not doing a 'Wales' by throwing it all away in the second half as seen in the Six Nations match last week ...
Brunel were not as composed as we had experienced in our game against them in November, which did mean that we could get away with some minor weaknesses. The key improvements to take from this game is clearing out and securing rucks, not drifting and trusting each other to do our jobs in defense and attacks - some gained ground was lost because we became rushed in our euphoria and didn't pass the ball out, which really is too bad!
At the end of the day, the list of try scorers is nicely spread out across the squad, which really shows that our performance was a shining beacon of team play and effort. Everyone truly had a great game and picking Players of the Match was extremely hard, as our Captain said afterwards.
Tries: Liz (2), Claire (1), Amy S. (1), Philippa (1), Helen (1), Helena (1), Hannah (1), Camille (1)
Conversions: Liz (4)
Oppo Player of the Match: Liz
Forward of the Match: Helen
Back of the Match: Cathy
Dicks of the Day: Claire for scoring her first try and Ana (who wasn't even playing) for running onto the pitch to congratulate her and jumped into her arms headfirst, receiving a bloody nose.
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