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Women's League 1: Four tries against Valkyries earn bonus point win in Dundee

Women's League 1: Four tries against Valkyries earn bonus point win in Dundee

Mark Brown11 Sep 2023 - 08:01
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Broughton came back from an early setback to bag a bonus point win against Dundee Valkyries in sizzling September sunshine.

There was a competitive start for Erika Gladwin whilst new recruits Ali Jones and Rebecca Bestwick looked set for debuts from the bench.

It was the first time Broughton had played at the Alloway Place Campus venue since 2014 for their penultimate arm-wrestle against Morgan. Nicky Gaskell the sole survivor in the squad for a long awaited return.

The game got underway with plenty Factor 50 applied – not a familiar phrase used by tourists in the City of Discovery.

Early pressure from the hosts saw them camp themselves in the home 22 and the powerful Valkyries forwards piled over the whitewash to take an eighth minute lead that was duly converted.

Whilst it was to be only try of the half, Broughton rallied and there were encouraging breaks by Rowan Ramage and Erika Gladwin, looking to use their pace to get behind the Dundee defence.

The Broughton defence remained resolute and ensured the home pack didn’t double their lead with Venter and Charlotte Blair combining to hold up the Dundee prop over the line.

The stop-start nature of the half, albeit with a welcomed water break meant it was a frustration 40 (ish) minutes of rugby and the tourists would have gone into the half time huddle happy with their efforts and only one score behind.

Whatever was discussed at the break seemed to have an instant impact. A lung-bursting break by Rebecca Bestwick saw her make significant headway through the middle of the park before releasing Erika Gladwin and there was no stopping the pacey winger. Vicki Anderson adding the extras to level proceedings.

Bestwick was to go from provider to finisher ten minutes later. Venter was instrumental in the build up and it was a debut try for Rebecca Bestwick. Sure-footed Anderson slotting the addition two and Broughton suddenly found themselves in front.

There was to be further light between the sides just five minutes later when Erika Gladwin pinned back her ears and dived over the line to bag her second of the afternoon to extend the score to 7-19.

Game management came into play when Broughton were awarded a penalty from a central kickable position and Lorna Murdoch opted to kick and successfully so, opening up a fifteen point margin.

By this point both sides had scored ‘dummy tries’ with the cut-in lines offering a degree of confusion, seeing triumph turn into torture for the two players who dotted over the five metre line.

Another lovely piece of play in the Broughton back line offered space on the wide paddock and when Bestwick released Venter, there was still enough gas in the tank to race in almost half the length of the park to score under the posts. It earned the Wardie side a bonus point and an easy conversion for Anderson who had a cracking day with the boot all round.

The hosts were however not finished for the day and closed proceedings with another forwards infused try to make the final score 14-29.

FT: Dundee Valkyries 14-29 Broughton

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