Haringey Rhino Ladies vs Marlow, 4th February 2018
Rhinos storm to 67-0 win at home
It was a cold February day as Haringey Rhinos prepared to host Marlow at home, with grey clouds threatening to open up throughout the afternoon. Having received a bruising loss from Kilburn the week before, the Rhinos were keen to regroup and gain momentum for the second half of the season.
The Rhinos led on the front foot from the first kick off, with sustained aggression enabling a turnover and setting up scrum-half Noemi Nemes for an early 5 points on the scoreboard. Continued pressure on the Marlow defence resulted in subsequent tries for both centre Louise Bonnet and prop Rhiannon Ellis, the latter then scoring a quick second try after a series of breakthroughs in the gain line. Bonnet also showed her kicking flair in open play as well as off the tee, chipping the ball over the defence for Hannah Lloyd-Jones to chase and cross the line, bringing the score to 27-0.
As the second half kicked off, Marlow asked a lot of questions of the Rhinos defence, using their forwards to punch holes around the ruck and creeping up to within metres of the Rhinos tryline. Clinical defence by both forwards and backs prevented any further advance and created an opportunity for a steal by Molly McNamara, which was promptly sent wide to Patricia Mbata (on her first game back) for a 90 metre dash and end-to-end try. McNamara showed her aptitude for disrupting the ruck by stealing yet another ball in the midfield and this time sprinting down the sideline to score her own try; 39-0 to the Rhinos.
Buoyed by the lead, the Rhinos continued to engage in quick play off the rucks, allowing the centres to exploit the gaps, and with close support from the forwards and precise offloads were rewarded with three more tries, including one from captain and lock Aimee Foulkes and a second one for McNamara.
The game was fittingly brought to a close by Bonnet, who scored and promptly converted the final try for a total score of 67-0 to the Rhinos. Many thanks to Marlow for coming down and for a great game that was enjoyed by all. (Wo)man of the Match and Biggest Hit were awarded to Bonnet and Rachel Huang respectively.