Call Us Butter Because We Are on a Roll
The advantage law is the best law in rugby, because it lets you ignore all the others for the good of the game
Chippenham gathered on a cold Sunday afternoon at Kidlington being hosted by Gosford and Grove (GG). Coach Matt scored before kick off, silky skills Matt!!! GG had a healthy 14 so very kindly lent us 3 of theirs to take us up to 10 a side as Hayley was ill, get well soon Hayley, we miss you. The ref was in a buoyant mood and after flowing rugby and keeping the game going, he had a good game to be fair. He's got to be the most happy ref I've come across.
From the kick off Chippenham applied good pressure with our two GG girls working well together with some lovely hands and footwork to go over and score. Chippenham KO, good play by both teams, a lot of play midfield, great steal by Lauren showing good strength in the ruck, out to Lily who finds herself in space to score. GG apply good pressure on Chippenham forcing the knock on - scrum GG. The ball is bashed up by GG but the ball is knocked on in contact - scrum Chippenham. Clean ball won by Chippenham, whipped out to Lauren by Anna to clear Chippenham lines, great catch by GG with a great tackle by Zara chasing up the kick - penalty Chippenham. Tap and go by Chippenham out to our GG girl who shows great strength to take the ball up field. GG counter ruck but give away a penalty to Chippenham ball turned over but Zara comes in with a big hit which causes the turn over, taken on by Anna with Lily in great support, back out to Zara who does a fantastic run around and puts the gas on to score down the left hand side. 0-15 1st quarter over, GG making Chippenham work hard for the points and unlucky but were close themselves. Chippenham looking tired.
From the go, good attacking play by GG down the left hand side. Great defence by Chippenham, GG play held up and another fab steal by Lauren who clears Chippenham lines, kicked on by a speeding Anna chasing up. Great pick up by GG who return the ball upfield in kind to go over for a well deserved score. GG have some speed in their team. GG kick off. Fantastic catch by Anna out to Lauren whose running a great line to go through and score. Chippenham kick off, good attacking play by GG who are not going to lie down. Zara comes in with another hard tackle, stripping the ball, the lost ball picked up an aware Anna who opens up and has a great run to score. Lots of play mostly in midfield, hands in ruck, scrum Chippenham. Play to's and fro's. GG attack and nearly score except for an amazing try saving tackle by Zara, double/treble movement, penalty Chippenham from the kick the ball is taken back by GG to score. 10-25 end of second quarter. Chippenham need to wake up and the coaches ge-up the team.
Chippenham kick off. Lots of good play by both teams, with Libby carrying the ball well and hitting it up. Great team play with Madison putting in the tackles. The ball is whipped out to Anna who puts on the gas and has a super run, GG tackle and contest well but free pass to Chippenham. Good quick ball to Zara whose dancing feet take her up field, a lovely pass to Lily who runs a subline line to score. Chippenham re-start with a nice high ball by Lauren, knock on by GG.....but missed, GG take advantage and run through to score. GG kick to Chippenham with a great return by our GG girls but bundled into touch. Played to's and fro's with Shannon showing a turn of speed. Lauren yet again turns over the ball with another wonderful steal. Both teams tackle hard with Libby taken the ball up the middle. GG regain the ball back but Zara comes in with a steal turns the GG players inside out and scores. Chippenham KO to GG who are put under pressure straight away by Chippenham coming up quickly as a line. Ruck is formed with Zara counter rucking and driving straight through the middle, picking the ball up, showing great strength and then accelerating away to score, pure genius. GG KO to Chippenham, nice catch by Lauren who returns the ball in kind with a blistering run ably supported by Shannon who ships it down the line to our GG girls who score. She has got some speed. 15-45 3rd quarter over. Chippenham starting to stretch their lead.
GG KO off for the last quarter. Chippenham attack with great awareness and finding space. Lily and Libby combine well, knock on, scrum GG. Anna's quick from the scrum to hold up the GG player, GG manage to recycle the ball and kick to clear their lines. A great team try follows. The ball's moved from left to right and then right to left with some nice soft hands. Madison does some great work and ducks back inside to score. Chippenham KO, some great work by GG with some nice runs. Anna and Shannon team up with some fantastic work which ends in a penalty to Chippenham. Great work by the whole team, Libby carrying well, Chippenham camp on GG's line for a long period of time. From the ruck Anna has a lovely pick up to score. From the restart good work by both teams but Chippenham has a bad dog leg in defence. Chippenham regain the ball and work the blindside and Lauren is unlucky but goes close. Libby has some nice runs but GG force the scrum. GG have a nice attack from the base of the scrum, they go close but again Zara's in there to hold the player up. The ball's played out and Zara breaks the tackle and with a wicked step is off down the right wing ably supported by Shannon who takes the ball on. GG win the ball in the ruck and run it back punishing Chippenham's defence and go over for a well deserved try. I also missed another GG score somewhere, final score 25-55.
Thank you GG for being wonderful hosts and your team for their great play and also a big thank you to the ones who helped us out, they showed great sportsmanship. Can't wait for the return fixture. Another great game girls, you showed wonderful spirit and kept going until the end. You all played well albeit a little tired at times. Nice individual magic and team play.
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