Supermarine Ladies 27 - 17 Sheffield LRUFC
Valiant ladies undone by speedy first half treble....
After a well-deserved rest weekend following their success at home the previous week, the Ladies took on the long journey to Swindon to face off against Supermarine.
It was safe to say that the Ladies had a slow start, compounded by an early forced change at scrum half due to an injury. However, the Ladies were the first to get on the board, with once again Hannah Thornhill demonstrating her attacking strength and quick feet, scoring under the posts within the first few minutes.
From there, the first half was littered with handling and defensive errors that cost the Ladies dearly. Supermarine capitalised on those mistakes and scored three tries in quick succession.
After that, the Ladies found fifth gear and having shaken off the long bus journey lifted their physicality and intensity. Following some wonderful handling, and team work, Lucy Okeden burst through the centre, shrugging off a couple of tackles in her wake and managed to get the Ladies on the board again.
At half time, the score stood at 22-12 to Supermarine and the Ladies were confident going into the second half that they could overcome this deficit.
The Ladies scored the first points in the second half, when after some strong phases on the try line by the forwards, replacement Lindsey Newey powered over for her debut try.
From there, it became a game where both sides had some strong passages of play in attack, but strong defences meant that neither team could take a foothold to close or extend the score line. The game lifted in physicality, with some big hits being put in as each team tried to find a break in the line, but none were forthcoming.
After an extended injury break, Supermarine had the final say in the closing seconds of the game, scoring the last try from close distance. The Ladies at least gained a point from the match, which sees them currently sitting 6th in the table (due to points difference).
A disappointing game for the Ladies, but they are looking forward to the home fixture against Barnsley this weekend. Every player gave their all and put their body on the line in another sterling effort, the team builds in character week on week and we get the sense that there is a lot more to come from this group!
Looking forward, the Ladies and The Roses have a double header against Barnsley this Sunday 4 November. Barnsley have just been promoted and as a South Yorkshire derby, it would be amazing to have as many Sheffield voices as possible down in the ground to cheer the Ladies (KO 1pm) and the Roses (KO 3pm) on.