Our next friendly was on Initiation day and it was great to begin the night on a high with our friendly win against Brunel University, who play in our BUCS league as well. Turn-out was great again as we had 28 available players as well as great support on the sideline (Teary-eyed coach: 'If only you could turn up to training to!'). As the dutiful media sec is injured after amazing tackling on Sunday, we took plenty of photos for the occasion.
Brunel had an early advantage as they scored after only few minutes, marking the point that our defense needs to become more organised and consistent. We really stepped up our game afterwards and kept the tries coming, characterised by a solid team effort which brought the ball slowly, but confidently towards the try line. We had five different try scorers ranging from prop to centre to scrum-half, which really emphasises how everyone stepped up their game and were eager and creative with playing the ball.
Brunel held the ball up on three occassions when we crossed their line and we really must give them that their defense was less patchy than ours. Rucking was at our advantage, though, mostly because Brunel didn't counter-ruck, but this meant that the ball was quickly and easily distributed and everyone made metres. Tackles were getting better, lower and harder and it was only once in the second quarter that Brunel got away from our TSTs (try-saving-tackles).
Our scrum worked really well together compared to Sunday and it's easy to see how people are getting more comfortable with their positions and ball-carrying. Training pays off, girls!
Special mention goes to Liz for scoring a conversion and not hitting Claire's head, to Camille for being awesome as new centre and to all the amazing supporters on the sideline!
Tries: Camille (1), Liz O. (1), Lynn (1), Helena W. (1), Alice (1)
Conversions: Liz O. (1)
Opposition's Player of the Match: Claire
Forward of the Match: Helen
Back of the Match: Camille
Dick of the Day: Liz O. (again? Really?) for bringing absolutely shredded boots and no shorts.
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