Illingworth U16 girls v Shaw Cross U16 girls
13th July 2019
Today’s game was a short trip to Halifax to play Illingworth.
We had already played them twice this year, once in a pre-season friendly and once at home in the League.
Although the Sharks had won both of these games, they were very close matches and we knew that Illingworth were a strong team.
The game went off to a flying start and after the 3rd tackle Illingworth knocked on and gave Sharks possession.
Our girls showed some great passing skill and Millie Dearn, returning after 5 weeks out with injury, forced her way over the line for her first try for the Sharks. Courtney Marsh added 2 more points from the tee.
Sharks had most of the possession for the next 5 minutes and after some great passing along the line Lydia Fawkes made a really strong run 40 yards to take the score to 0-10.
Illingworth came back into the game more after that but the Sharks held out with some great defending; in particular showing great play to push the Illingworth winger out of touch to stop what looked to be a certain try.
Just before half time Illingworth were really pressurising the Sharks but the girls were strong and after a scrum for an Illingworth forward pass Lauren Mowatt made a great weaving run to leave their defence in her wake and calmly placed the ball over the line.
Courtney turned the 4 into a 6 with a nice kick.
HT Illingworth 0 Sharks 16
The Sharks restarted the game but Illingworth got their first points with a strong run that seemed to take our girls by surprise.
The warm day was taking its toll on both teams now and the pace of the first half was not matched in the second.
There was still some great rugby though and both teams had fairly even possession.
Courtney broke the dead lock after 20 minutes with a great kick into the corner which bounced just right for Ebony Briggs to drop on the ball and add 4 more points to the Sharks tally.
Unfortunately, injury had reduced the Sharks options for interchange and some of the girls were really tiring.
Illingworth added two tries in the last 3 minutes but the Sharks really dug deep and showed real stamina and presence in the last 5 minutes to achieve the much deserved win and move into second place in the League.
Full time Illingworth 12 Sharks 20
A great win against a hard team in difficult conditions.
Well done girls!
Next game is at home against Leigh Miners on 20th June
Come on Sharks!