Buckingham hosted an unbeaten Loughborough Ladies outfit on a wet and windy afternoon.
The Swans started well, putting lots of pressure on the away team early doors. Unfortunately they were unable to put any clinical chances away. The referee helped the away side get out of there half with a controversial penalty and then deciding to march the home side back 10m when a player asked 'Sir am I back ten?' Consequently the away team were able to move 60metres downfield.
The next 15 minutes was tough for both sides. With the two outfits having the best defences in the league, neither team could break each other down.
Loughborough's first try came from a chip over the top, claimed by Jean Lambert at full back put any space was quickly shut down, and the away side were able to turn the ball over. The swans were able to regroup for a couple of phases. But credit to Loughborough they moved the ball away from contact quickly and were able to score in the corner. 0-7
Fi Sim, at 2nd row for Loughborough had a fantastic game. Making good ground each time she caught the ball. However Buckingham defence held strong and little attacking opportunities were up for grabs. HT 0-7
Both teams were very evenly match for the start of the second half. An unfortunate injury to Captain Katie Clark, meant that she had to leave the field and was sent to hospital. (Tore Ankle Ligaments - wishing a speedy recovery)
This then meant for a couple of changes. Sophie Lepper and Julie Nichols who started the game 2nd row finished at 10 and 12.
Loughborough scored the next try out wide again beating the drift defence.
Two debutants came off the bench for the Swans. Emma Stoddart and Charlotte Dennis. Emma added to the scrum with her experience having played at Worcester. Whilst Charlotte was very keen to get involved on the wing.
The home side never gave up. In fact they were desperately unlucky not to score when Loughborough had collapsed a maul on the try line having been driven back 20m already. Referee deciding against a penalty try/sin bin. However allowed the Swans a scrum 5m out.
The away side scored 3 more tries from quick tap penalties, catching the Swans on the back foot. They would have scored another if it wasn't for a fantastic tackle from Hailey Mitchel who covered 80m diagonally across the pitch.
Loughborough's Player of the match was Kirsty Haig. Causing chaos as per.
Swans Forward of the Match Julie Nichols. Having played on the wing through injury for most of the season, she slotted back into a more familiar role at 2nd row and had an outstanding game.
Swans Back of the Match was Katie. She tackled and carried hard. Organised the defence well and was a big shame that she went off injured early in the second half.
Swans have this next weekend off before a cup game away at Shelford.