A final long trip up north for the season!
With the buckingham outfit once again relying on players to play out of positions and only able to field 15 players it was going to be another hard battle. The Swans also hadn't played since 2nd week in January so match fitness was also going to have an impact. However nothing can be taken away from the home side who were clinical and ran some great lines through the midfield.
The Swans were slow off the mark, and where they have bullied several packs this year they were on the reverse side yesterday. After the first 20 minutes Buckingham found themselves 4 tries down and needed to show some great character and presence to get themselves back in the game. For the final 20 minutes in the first half the away side got themselves good field postion and after repeat offences the referee went to his pocket to fetch out a yellow card for the Birkenhead Scrum Half. Buckingham took great advantage from this and with a couple of strong ball carries and sharp thinking they got themselves in touching distance again through tries from Holly Malins and Bec Bray. HT 31-10
The Second half needed to be played in the same manor as the previous 20 minutes. If there is one thing in which the Swans do, it is never give up. They made it very hard work up front, competing well at the breakdowns. Kirsty Haig and Bec Bray had endless turnovers with Katie Lepper carrying the ball really well making good yardage. Katie Clark's right boot was used cleverly clearing their lines several times. Whilst some great scramble defence led by Holly Malins prevented a couple more tries. Sophie Lepper rallied the girls and led by example with some great carries and often found herself doing the additional back row work in the loose.
A few things to think about before the Eccles fixture hopefully to be played on Sunday 14th at Home.
Well done to Emily Barker on her return after 20 months out of action. Who thoroughly deserved her Forward of the Match. Linking up with the backs well and doing some great work in and around the breakdown.
Back of the Match was Bec Bray. This woman just didn't stop. Pouncing on anything that moved. Stealing ball at the breakdowns and thoroughly deserved her try.