Nuns Fall Short at Blackheath
A fourth stern test for the Nuns in Championship as they fell to a strong Blackheath side.
Still looking for the first win of their new campaign, a slightly-depleted Nuns squad travelled to South-East London to face Blackheath Women. It was Blackheath who ended up coming out on top, with a five-try bonus-point win, with a game plan perfectly executed from their fly-half, but the Nuns can take heart from good passages of play and their quick learning in this new league is clear to see week-on-week.
Blackheath took the first spoils when a series of quick-tap penalties took them over the line despite heroic Nuns' defence, and added a second moments later when a clearance kick was unfortunately charged down. At this stage in the game, the Nuns did not let their heads drop and resumed their attack, with Pippa Robinson gathering the restart kick with increased tempo. Ellie Rice conducted the phases well and winger Chloe Sharman made some fantastic attacking runs from wide. Blackheath's defence however was watertight and time and time again pushed the Nuns back from threatening their line. Any attempts the Nuns made to get on the front foot were thwarted and Blackheath took every chance offered to them, including dribbling a ball from their own 22 to dot down for their third try.
Undeterred, the Nuns closed the half brightly by winning a scrum penalty and too this increased vigour into the start of the second half. Charging runs from Annabel Hawkins and Hollie King gave the Nuns front-foot momentum, accompanied by an impressive tackle rate from Fi Manning and Annette Tomas. As Blackheath's indiscipline began to slip, the Nuns breached their 22 and were held up metres short; unquestionably their best chance of the game.
Blackheath replied with two more tried late in the game, both well-worked from their respective forward and backs units. The Nuns will regather and regroup from this heavy defeat as they prepare to welcome Bath Ladies to Rosehill next Sunday 14th.
ABBEY NUNS 2nd XV travelled to Barnes Ladies on Sunday for their second match of their campaign. Tries from Emily Henderson, captain Sarah Northover and Mel Murphy, as well as conversions from Kim Davidson were the highlights in a competitive match which finished 61-24 to Barnes 2nd XV. The Nuns 2nd XV travelled with superior numbers so have been awarded two league points for fulfilling the fixture.