Sun 12
1st XV
Buckingham Swans Ladies
E Shields (2), C Goodman (2), E Dove, N Sykes
N Sykes (3)
Moseley win against Buckingham

Moseley win against Buckingham

By Nicola Brown
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Moseley carry on where they left off before Christmas with a good performance against Buckingham.

When the teams met earlier in the season Moseley ended Buckingham’s unbeaten run so the Swans were keen for revenge. Due to frozen puddles on the grass pitches the game was played on the 3G pitch. Moseley were forced to make some changes in the warm up and mix the backs around, however this didn’t show throughout the match.

Buckingham kicked off and Susan Mabbett claimed the ball well, charging into the Swans defence to put Moseley on the front foot right from the start. The forwards recycled the ball well and set the platform for the backs to make their way up the pitch. Moseley made the most of the early possession and quick hands to the wing where Emma Shields rounded the defence and stepped the fullback to open the scoring on ten minutes.

Buckingham came back at Moseley but with some excellent tackling from Katie Boot and Eleanor Pitcher the ball was turned over and Moseley were again on the attack. The forwards again recycled the ball quickly at the rucks and Emily Dove distributed the ball well all afternoon (despite diving over a ruck to scrape the skin off her face!). Caz Goodman took the ball and with a show and go dummied the defence to sprint in under the posts.

Moseley were holding well in the scrums against a bigger pack and winning some of the Swans lineouts. This set up another opportunity for Katie Boot to scythe through the Swans defence only to be tackled by the fullback. A quick thinking offload to Emma Shields allowed her to run in her second try unopposed. Try converted by Nicola Sykes.

Buckingham lost a couple of players to injury which seemed to disrupt their rhythm slightly, however they started to put together some good passages of play, using the pick and go to good effect around the fringes. Moseley defended well and the half finished 17-0.

The second half again started with a strong Moseley attack. Having kicked off the forwards chased and strong tackles from Boe Meaton and Steph Warner led to a turn over in the Swans 22. Emily Dove took the quick tap to dive over the line, only to be winded when the Swans prop also dived onto her and the ball. Again conversion by Nicola Sykes.

The game then settled into a much more even contest with Moseley making a few handling errors and giving away sloppy penalties, which Swans capitalised on using their strong runners well in attack. The Moseley defence was excellent with Olly Gough, Laura Knott and Kerianne Meadowcroft all making big tackles. This enabled Steph Warner and Nicola Brown to turn over the ball effectively and set up the counter attack. Caz Goodman again broke through the Swans defence to dot down under the posts for Nicola Sykes to convert. This also secured the try bonus point.

The Swans then put together some good passages of play, working their way up the pitch and into the Moseley 22 for the first time. They crossed the line, only to be held up by Boe Meaton. After a sustained period of pressure and some Moseley indiscipline their number 8 powered over the line from close range.

Moseley went straight from the kick off and pressured the Swans attack, again turning the ball over and setting up the attack. Nicola Sykes took the ball at 10 and went on a hazy run through and around the Swans defence to finish the game with a try and another conversion.

Full time Moseley 36 – 5 Buckingham Swans

Another good performance from Moseley – some areas to work on in training but considering the four weeks off and changes in the warm up the squad coped excellently. The ladies now sit third in the league with a trip to second place Worcester IIs this Sunday.

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Match date

Sun 12, Jan 2014




Championship Midlands 2
Steph Bragg

Star Player

Steph Bragg
Emily Dove

Star Player

Emily Dove