After a horrible week scrambling round the squad to get people to travel up to Waterloo Rugby Club (Liverpool), yet again the Swans pulled through the other side and were able to fulfil the fixture.
So firstly a massive thank you goes out to 5 girls (Emma Thomas, Charlie Youngs, Lorna Whitehead, Gabriella Roseje and Kerry Allen) from Northampton University for making a huge step up, with a couple of them having never played a game beforehand. Without them, I think we would have travelled with only 11 players.
This game from the opening minutes to the closing moments was dominated by Waterloo. With the wind in the Swans faces, they found it very difficult to exit there half and the home side pressed very well. They fully justified why they are unbeaten at the top of the table. The game was a wrestle up front, where the home side had a slight size and weight advantage. Waterloo Fly Half had a brilliant game, kicking well tactically out of hand, pinning the Swans deep into there 22 for most of game.
Just before the end of the half Buckingham started to go through a few phases, using a driving maul well travelling 20 metres up field, but unfortunately not being able to find anything else. So half time 39-0
Second half started similar to how the first half developed. Some big ball carrying from the Waterloo pack, resulting in some missed tackles and a couple of soft tries. But in general Waterloo are playing the far better rugby and thoroughly deserve to be where they are. FT 94-0
Jean Lambert made some brilliant tackles standing in a full back saving a couple of tries. Sophia Maynell had a good game, protecting the ball and guiding Emma Thomas around the pitch, developing her game. The surprise player on the pitch was Gabriella Roseje, who almost broke the line with an interception and was very strong in the contact area, making tackles and punching through the defence a couple of times. Katie Lepper also had a good game, working very hard at the scrums and breakdowns. But the Player of the Match decided by the Referee was Kirsty Haig. I don’t think she has had a bad game all season. She is the female model of Lewis Moody, hitting everything that moves, stealing and protecting the ball at breakdowns for 80 minutes with fail.
Any body interested in playing women’s rugby, please get in contact with myself (Mikey 07902847087). Training on Monday’s and Wednesday’s.