Sheffield RUFC Ladies XV 12 - 26 Barnsley RFC Ladies XV
An incredibly physical encounter ends in galling defeat for Sheff...
The Ladies had a physical and bruising encounter with league newcomers, Barnsley, at the weekend.
The Ladies started exceptionally well, with shuddering tackles going in which saw Barnsley kept at bay. Some quick work up the field culminated in the Sheff forwards pressuring the Barnsley 22 for a period. Eventually the ball was shipped out to Amy Battel, who dotted down and finally Sheffield had some points to show for their dominance. This was converted by Lucy Kilheeney.
The Ladies then managed to keep Barnsley out for the remainder of the half, with Barnsley’s closest attempt being a shot at the posts in the closing seconds of the first half.
At half time, there had to be some consolidation in the back line, following early injuries to the Ladies’ scrum half and fly half. This did not deter any momentum and each girl that was moved out of position stepped up to the plate.
A quick score at the start of the second half from Barnsley saw them draw level with the Ladies and then the contest kicked up another level.
After sustained pressure and some quick hands, the ball found its way to Katie Miller who powered over the try line, carrying three Barnsley players with her.
Soon after, the tides turned, as the Ladies started showing signs of fatigue which was evidence of the intensity of the match. Some lacklustre defensive efforts and slow reaction to penalties in the Sheffield 22 meant that Barnsley were able to put a further two scores against the Ladies meaning the final score was 26-12 to Barnsley.
The Ladies put in an absolute shift against a tough opposition in a truly bruising encounter (and probably the most physical game thus far) which saw major injuries on both sides. We hope those players get well soon, and are back on the pitch in no time.