A beautiful (albeit a bit cold!) sunny day welcomed the Madras Saints of St. Andrews to Wardie. The saints must have been a bit nervous seeing the squad of 21 fearsome Broughton women as Madras was struggling for numbers and only managed to bring 13 players. Broughton was forced to drop 2 players to match the 13, which frustrated the team and Coaches Marius Briedenhann and Nikki Gibson right from the start. The girls were determined; after a very tough match against Morgan in Dundee the Sunday previous. Upon my arrival to the pitch I heard a loud groaning from Captain McFarlane (her own worst enemy) who went over on her ankle in the warm up and injured herself. She handed over Captain duties to vice – captain Katie Croft and Broughton were set to hit the pitch without their fearless leader. Needless to say Badger received Dick of the Day for her ability to injure herself before the game even started. Another honorable mention goes out to
Nicky Gaskell who also pulled a muscle in her boob in the warm up. We are a classy bunch Broughton!
Broughton started the match playing up Wardie Slope. After a pair of massive scrums from the Broughton forward pack the saints realized they could not compete and in a completely tactical move requested uncontested scrums. This was disappointing as the Broughton forwards clearly had the strength and skill to overpower the scrum every time. Broughton’s first try came after a scrum at the 5m line, the ball moved through the hands and it was newly married second row Jenn Harris who got the ball over the line with a massive cheer from the many supporters. No conversion this time for Kinghorn but it was the first of many opportunities. 5-0 for the Broughton Beauties.
Madras answered back after Gaskell got sidestepped and the madras winger headed for the try line. Despite valiant attempts from JLO to race back and assist Giggles Neill the winger got through them and scored the try tying the game 5-5. Not long after Broughton was right back at them with Kingy getting the ball out to speedy fullback Mad Dog Amy Neill who streaked past the Madras defence who had no chance and got her first try of the season! 10-5 for Broughton.
Flyhalf King had a great chip getting the ball into space. After a Madras penalty Broughton were on the run once again getting the ball through the hands when Greer saw a chance and broke through the Madras defence and scored a skillful try by tripping over her own feet and landing on her face. Kinghorn converted the try and the score was 17 – 5.
After some more great pressure from Greer and a massive hit by Jenn Harris (we could hear the crunch on the sidelines) it was time for another try as Gaskell crashed thru and scored for Broughton bringing the score to 22-5.
Both sides were tiring after an immensely physical game. Madras dropped an injured player and went down to 12 players with twenty minutes remaining. Mad dog Neill wasn’t done yet with another fierce tackle that almost dropped another Madras player. She has clearly taken to her new position at fullback. Big hits by Coombsy and Greer got the ball in Broughton’s hands. The ball got out to new winger recruit Amy Rifles who showed off her speed breaking through the madras line and running up the wing for her first try for the club. 27-5 for Bro.
After an immense game Jenn took a knock to the head and stumbled off the pitch in some confusion. Mrs Harris later received man of the match and a well -deserved pint for her extremely physical efforts.
Time was running out, after the ball getting out to the wing a few more times and Mad Dog Neill making the break to the inside yet again, much to everyone’s frustration ☺ Rifles had another great break but the Madras number 7 made an amazing run and pushed the speedy winger in to touch.
Our injured Captain Badger continued to get out her rage by yelling herself hoarse on the sidelines. Time was running out and so was everyone’s patience as it seemed like the worlds longest game, not only for the players but for the many supporters suffering in the cold. Madras dropped to 11 players, the Broughton side was lined up for the attack, shouting “set, set” as if they were zombies in a horror film. Prop Sharon Forsyth had a brief stint at scrum half, as Coombsy went down. We all know its Shazza’s dream position!
In the end of an extremely long physical match the exhausted Broughton side let a Madras player through to run up the slope and score a second try for the St Andrews side. It was followed by a conversion and a loud cheer from the Madras squad who had put up a great fight even with their lack of numbers. The final score was 27-12 for Broughton. It was great to see a large number of supporters out and also to see the girls rise up to the challenge without Badger their courageous (klutzy) leader. Croft had big shoes to fill in Badger’s absence on the pitch but did a great job and was awarded Man of the Match from Madras. Job well done ladies. Stay tuned for the exciting report from the next match, Sunday 26 February away in Oban. What a fun bus journey it will be!