Haringey Rhino Ladies vs. Hackney Ladies (08/04/2018)
Stewpendous effort from Haringey but no win served today
A soupremely rainy day in Haringey saw the second meeting of the season for the Rhinos and Hackney. Despite parts of the pitch resembling pea soup the Rhinos were in high spirits and got the game underway quickly, charging up the field and getting in some big hits early. Some persistent crash ball saw Hackney cross the line for an early try at 10 minutes but the Rhinos regrouped, setting a strong defensive line alongside some souperb tackles from Louise Bonnett and Hannah Lloyd-Jones in their own ’22, holding the score at 5-0 going into half time.
Conditions remained tricky as the second half got under way. Rhiannon Ellis stepped up in her first game wearing the Number 8 shirt, working hard to try and break the line with lots of souport from forwards but Hackney made the most of some gaps in the line along the wing, allowing their winger to slip through to score 3 more tries. The score was 24-0 with only 2 minutes to go and despite a valiant breakaway from Aimee Foulkes that had all the soupporters on the edge of their seats, that’s how it stayed.
After formalities had been observed the Rhino’s were souperhyped to get the festivities underway and it’s fair to say they are souper excited for their final match of the season against Kilburn a week on Saturday.
Player’s Player was awarded to Laura Magill who’s souperior work rate and versatility continues to impress. Biggest hit was awarded to Rhi Ellis for the many bone crunching, Sparta-like tackles and the already mentioned move from the front row to play at 8. Special mention to Rachel Huang for stepping seamlessly into the captain’s shoes due to illness and to the Souperfans who were cheering from the sidelines despite the rain.