The Peacocks mounted an impressive comeback in the final 20 minutes to run out deserved winners on Sunday. The headlines will go to debutant Em Flach for her four well taken tries, but the team will take huge confidence from the manner of the victory and the stylish rugby on show when they got it right.
Playing at home for the first time this season, the peacocks started the stronger team. Scything runs from Laura Nunez-Mulder and Blanca Magallon gave space out wide for the returning Verena Zyka to put Em Flach in for her first try out wide.
Shelford were dogged by lapses in concentration throughout the game which the Lionesses’ powerful ball carriers were quick to exploit. Some tenacious goal line defence from Bertille Gleize and Briony Davies could only keep them at bay for so long, meaning Shelford trailed 7-5 at the break.
The Lionesses carried the momentum into the second half, extending their lead to 17-5, but with 20 minutes to play Shelford rallied and put together their best attack of the match. Quick hands and scintillating footwork by inside backs Helen lambert and Zoe May Woodhams created the space that Em Flach gladly took advantage of for her second try.
Moments later, props Fi Douglas and Chris Martin were instrumental in driving back a Lioness scrum and winning the ball against the head 30 metres out, before quick hands in the back line completed the try of the day. A 2-point game was set up for a grand stand finish, and so it proved with Em Flach producing one last piece of magic and running in a superb individual try from over 60 metres. Final score 22-17 to the Peacocks.
Congratulations to captain Emily Hogg, who was awarded Coach’s Player after keeping her nerve to lead the fight back and earn her team their first win of the season.
Next game 7th October v Five Ways Old Edwardians (A)