Debuts were given Elicia Davis
, Kreya Sivathman
and Maureen Kelly
returned after missing the 2010 season and showed flashes of what the Akkies had missed.
With skipper Ruth Todd
unavailable, Lotty Sills Captained the side for first.
The greens got off to a bad start when unorganised defending allowed Stanningley to score on their first set.
Stanningley ran in two more converted tries before Akkies started to threaten. Stand-Off Kym Hammond
was starting to combine well with the forwards and 2nd Rower Jen Allum
went over for Akkies first try of the 2011 campaign. Stand in Scrum Half Rose Nash
added the 2 points.
Confidence was growing within the Akkies ranks and it wasn't long before Prop Forward Rachael Barker
crashed over in typical fashion. Nash again added the points to leave the score 18-12.
However, despite their efforts that was to be the end of the Akkies scoring.
Stanningley size and superior fitness told and, although slightly flattering, eventually ran out 46-12 winners.
Akkies will look to take the positives out of the performance, two of which being an excellent performance by Kym Hammond
and the return to fitness of 2010 Player's Player of the Season Beckie Leach
Next game - Peterlee Pumas at home 28/05.