Leicester Stoneygate Ladies 0 – Buckingham Swans 34
31 October 2010
After their outstanding 91 – 0 victory last week the next performance was always going to have a lot to live up to and an away trip to Leicester Stoneygate, which pitted the first and second placed teams in Championship 2 Midlands, had the potential to bring the Swans crashing back down to earth. However the win achieved in this often hard fought game should taste even sweeter, due to the margin and the manner in which the victory was obtained against one of their closest rivals this season.
The initial encounters suggested that Stoneygate were intent on out-muscling the Swans pack sending them back on their heels in the first two scrums. The home side’s dominance in the opening exchanges were short lived though as very quickly Swans found their feet and took control of their own scrums and exerted pressure on Gate’s.
For the first quarter of the game the defences reigned supreme, but were also helped out by some mis-handling as both sides tried to come to terms with the wet weather. After 20 minutes though and several attempts by outside centre Kim Nash to break through the Stoneygate defence, she managed to brush off a couple of tackles, creating enough space to find the line and open the scoring, which was increased by fly-half Dee Turner slotting home the extras.
The Swans continued to push their hosts back into their own half with some probing kicks by Turner, and just before the half time whistle, their territorial pressure reaped reward when, after several phases of play and at least half the team getting a touch, Katie Clarke finished off the attack by touching down in the left hand corner.
It would be hard to argue that the score going into the break of 12-0 to the visitors did not fairly represent a half in which the Swans had managed to gain a reasonable degree of control of the game.
Not disrupted by the half time interruption, the Swans picked up where they left off, putting in some big tackles in defence when required but largely playing the game in the opposition’s half.
The kicking game used by the Swans continued to prove effective, as although the busy Gate full-back was often able to field the kicks, the chase and tackles put in by the visitors frequently led to the ball being turned back over to Buckingham.
Eventually, after some continual pressure by the forwards on the home side’s 5 metre line, the ball was released to the backs and inside centre Sophie Lepper cut back inside with a powerful run and dive through the melee of players to ground the ball and increase the lead to 17 – 0.
At this point Stoneygate seemed to realise the game was now slipping from their grasp and as an attacking force they offered very little. The Swans though were keen to reach the five tries required for a bonus point and following further great supporting runs and off-loads Sophie Lepper went over for her second try, which courtesy of a Sara Daniell conversion, made the score 24 – 0 to the away side.
With ten minutes of the game remaining the Swans speedy full-back, Jo Godfrey, out-paced the Gate back line to score the all important fifth try, to secure all five points.
To round the game off in style following some good mauling the ball was popped out to hooker, Chantal Trigg, to add the finishing points to the score line by going over in the right hand corner.
Players of the match for Buckingham Swans were Dee Turner and Chantal Trigg.