Towcester Roses accepted the invite for an away fixture against Biggleswade, another team increasing in numbers in their first year. Having never played them before, being away from home & lots of players playing out of their positions, it would be a game testing the performance as a team & of course individual skills.
New to 10, Amy Lovell started the game. Aiming to control the flow of the game. Towcester pushed hard their defensive line and started well from the off.
0-0 for a while with both teams having possession tested the rucking for both squads. Vicky Kilmister, Emma Russell and Grace Tillen lead well in the scrums, driving hard and allowing clean ball for both Rebekah Nolan to take the ball on the blindside as an 8 and Caz Davies at 9.
Rebekah Nolan went over with the first try, a superb effort by her, carrying aggressively and charging on for the line. 5-0 lead to Towcester.
The forwards worked super hard, with pods running hard lines off of the ruck. Fantastic tackling by Emma Russell and Siobhan Taylor would go on to see them both well deserved players of the match! Rucks worked effectively and Caz Davies played great at 9 controlling the ball for both the forwards and backs.
With players stepping out for game time, having not had much, Pip Kenton, Andi Churchyard, Steph Eaton, Laura Cave & Fay Tennent worked their socks off and added power and strength to the pack. Maddie Warren also joined the ladies on her debut, she played a full 80 mins at full back and was superb with great confidence and amazing ball carrying skills.
Again, carrying well, Rebekah Nolan carried close to the line, with a pop up to Amy Lovell running on, Amy powered to the line for another 5 points.
Biggleswade were motivated by this and were relentless in their attack even with Towcester’s defence holding them back with aggressive counter rucking. They carried as forwards and Tows failed to hold them up, for them to then score over the line. Score narrowing to 5-10.
On a kick off by Biggleswade, the ball found Rebekah Nolan, not finding her hands, but hitting her in the leg, she took ball in hand and copying a try scored the week previous by Tows, she ran the full length of the pitch, fending the opposition off and driving her legs, she scored underneath the post, only to then kick the conversion herself, getting the score to 5-17!!!
With not long to go Biggleswade found their 8 charging for the line, passing out to their backs, they went over for another 5 points. Ending the score at 10-17!
Tremendous play from all in the Towcester squad.
Deserves player of the match went to:
Forward - Siobhan Taylor and Emma Russell
Back - Caz Davies and Maddie Warren