Clustered Tows and Bletchley win first league fixture
They defended the try line like lionesses defending baby lions
Towcestrians and Bletchley have clustered this season for their national cup games.
The girls first cup game of the season being played on remembrance Sunday was a bad move by the RFU.
The 5 girls of Bletchley and the available Tows girls traveled to Watford with no one that had played prop before.
Up stepped second rows Aria Lowden and Polly Peterson, their first test was a Fullerian scrum which was driven back and Tows took the first scrum of the day against the head.
It was 10 mins in before the first score with neither team conceding ground and the game being played in the center of the park. Gradually the Tows/Blecth superior rucking began to show. The ball swiftly being moved along the back line line saw winger Ellen Draper over for the first try of the afternoon. The second followed soon after with number 7 Annabelle Luntz (playing like she thought she was Sam Underhill )going over for her first score of the afternoon.
Fullerians never stopped battling and were rewarded with their first try of the afternoon, never a side to stop battling A.Luntz pounced on a lose ball broke a couple of tackles and went over for a second. 5-15 at half time.
The second half saw the clustered Tows/Bletch with lots of possession it was often just the final pass that stopped more tries. Saying that the handling from the Tows center pairing of Nell Bellenger and Jasmine Pinchin was outstanding Jaz catching at least 4 balls at her ankles.
The next try was an all round team effort the ball passing through countless hands until second row Incila Ocal off loaded in tackle for her second row partner Kirsten Hagland to go over the try line. The next try was made again by brilliant support with Ellie Harrison on the wing going over.
5-25 with 10 mins to go and Fullerians found a second wind.Some desperate try saving tackles on the away try line kept Fullerians out for next 5 mins special praise to Anna Woodman and Caitlin Donohue for body on the line try saving tackles. Eventually the pressure told and Fullerians pulled one back.
There was time left for one more play and the away team turned the pressure back on.Half back pairing Bella Taylor and Lucy Ramskill bossing the game. The ball must of gone through 10 phases and this brilliant ball retention resulted in Lucy R to out pace the defense for her to score under the posts ( 13th game in a row where she has scored 1 or more tries). Up stepped A.Luntz for the last kick and the first conversion of the game. Final score 10-32.
Praise to all the girls, when asked for a player of the match it was impossible to pick one player.
This squad looks good and with the unavailable girls back for the next game will be even stronger. Next Cup fixture at Towcestrians 16th December V Ellingham and Ringwood ( last seasons area 2 beaten finalist). Please get up and support them. #centurions