Buckingham Swans travelled up north to Lichfield where they took on the home sides 2nd XV. The Swans knew that from the word go they would be in for a very tough game. With the blistering heat on a big pitch it really wasn't ideal for the Swans.
Apparently the Buckingham outfit enjoy playing wide expansive rugby??
The Swans again taking a bare 15 to the field, but a great 15 where there could have been little improvement to the selection.
Lichfield started the game the stronger piling the pressure on the away side who struggled to get off their own try line for the 1st 10 minutes or so. But through great defence and Katie Clark's boot they eventually worked their way out of there half metre by metre. The remainder of the first half was played between the home side 22 and half way. The heat certainly taking it toll on many players. Most aspects of the game were very competitive, with set piece being very equal which is something the Swans aren't used too. First half finished 0-0.
With plenty of shade taken under the grand stand at half time the girls were very happy with their defence and phase play. Just felt like they needed to dig a little bit deeper if they were going to come away with a Win.
Again the second half started the same as the first with Lichfield dominating the early stages. (don’t quote me but..) It was the Lichfield Fly half saw a gap in the Bucks defence off of a scrum and put the centre crashing through on a superb line which would have been good enough to beat any defence. 7-0
The Swans pulled themselves together and regrouped quickly.
Both sides enjoyed playing through multiple phases and looked after the ball very well. With the away team working very hard on committing little player to rucks and mauls it allowed them to pile pressure on the home team attack. A well organised blitz defence led to an interception try with Julie Nichols cruising in underneath the posts. 7-7
Still with the best part of 15 minutes on the clock that try had evidently increase moral and the Buckingham Swans lifted their game up another gear.
Some harder running from Katie Clark, a great turnover from Bec Bray set up some good territory. The next 2 minutes was rugby straight off the training ground. A penalty kicked to touch. Lineout perfectly executed. Great strength and power from Kirsty Haig in the loose led eventually to a scrum 5metres out. The Swans were delighted. With a couple of moments to regroup and discuss tactics the scrum was only ever going to go one way.
CROUCH-BIND-SET - The green machine was in motion. All 7 backs standing watching/willing for their pack to grind the scrum on. With the home team scrum depleting inch by inch the swans cruised to the line.
7 - 12 FT.
A superb display of rugby from both sides, but a fantastic win for the Swans.
Kat Cook picked up forward of the match. Done a fantastic job in the front row and carried and tackle hard all game. Superb work rate.
Holly Mallins picked up the back of the match. None of the backs received too much ball due to the type of game that both sides wanted to play. But again Holly chopped everything down and was strong up front too. (On behalf of all the Swans, best of luck in Germany over the next year or so).
Light training this week with no game next weekend.
Ready for our next home game in 2 weeks time.