A much needed friendly after christmas to get rid of the cobwebs prior to next weeks league game v Camp Hill.
A positive start from both teams, going through phases well and winning their own set piece... This was going to be a close game. However it was OAs that crossed the line first and doubled their score moments later to 12-0.
The Swans then played more territorially and started to play rugby in the right areas. From their first visit to the away teams 22, they crossed the line through Katie Clark.
OAs brought a massive squad and made many changes at half time and throughout the second half, but dispute being the first game back it was the home sides who fitness paid dividends coming back stronger, turning over ball at the set piece and not allowing OAs to settle.
Steph Cregan broke the line through the breakdown to score with Deanna Turner adding the extras and drawing the score level.
The game was then force to change pitch with an injury to an OAs player. The delay didn't favour any sides with the night sky closing in.
The Swans seemed to favour this as they camped in the OAs half for the remainder of the game. A what seemed controversial scrum when the OAs full back had carried the ball into the dead ball area, appeared to have grounded it but then threw the ball forwards, so a scrum 5 metres out what ever the decision from the ref was. However a mix up between 9 and 10 meant that the ball was turned over.
Swans managed to gather the ball back and Deanna chipped the ball forward for Sam Cleaver to chase putting the full back under pressure forcing a line out 5m out. It was hear where a catch and drive saw Sophia Maynell dive over.
With still 10 minutes on the clock, Swans had to defend hard and the best way to defend is to attack. Again they worked the short side and having carried through multiple phases they we able to put Sam Cleaver away in the corner.
The Swans had to lock out the last 5 minutes and discipline was very good not giving the away side a sniff.
Full Time 22 - 12.
Forward of the Match... Katie Lepper. Solid in the scrums, carried well and work hard around the tackle zone also.
Back of the Match... Jess Craig. Took a knock in the first half but had a solid game, not missing a tackle and running the ball back strongly