Cup game vs Lakenham Hewitt
Cambridge RUFC Girls U15s v Lakenham Hewitt RFC
National Cup pool stage round 1
Cambridge 34-12 Lakenham Hewitt
Scorers for Cambridge
Harriett Stares x3
Poppy Elliott x2
Maya Collinson x 2 conversions
Remember, remember the 5th of November when sparks flew and fireworks set off as Cambridge RUFC Girls Under 15s played their first game of the season. Their opposition were a spirited Lakenham Hewitt side who had travelled from Norfolk for the encounter as a cluster team from Diss and Lakenham, named the Vixens.
This was round 1 of the National Cup for the U15s and not an ideal way to start the season for Cambridge. The girls were nervous and unsure of their positions. The opposition looked keen and ready for the challenge.
The game started well, both sides competing for possession and neither willing to give up the ball. Defence was key and CRUFC were solid, sustaining continued pressure in their own 22 for the first 5 to 10 minutes.
Having soaked up the pressure, Cambridge turned the ball over and ran out of their 22, the support play magnificent as they put pressure on Lakenham, and their hard work paid off with a try on the left side scored by Harriett Stares. It was too far from the posts for the conversion to make it.
At the restart Maya Collinson gathered the kick like a season professional and took it straight back into the opposition half. A few phases later and the direct route through the middle by several players culminated in a penalty awarded to Cambridge. Whilst Lakenham were retiring the 10m back, quick thinking and a quick tap and go by Poppy Elliott caught the opposition off guard and Poppy ran in 30 metres to score her first try. 10-0 to Cambridge and things were looking good until a lapse in concentration allowed Lakenham to spot a gap on the outside and use their pace, which was considerable, to break away and run half the length of the field.
Half time and it was 10-5 to the hosts and the game was finely poised on a knife edge.
Maya gathered the second half restart again and carried well, offloading to her support runners who were excellent all day, as Cambridge made their way back into the Lakenham half. After another penalty was awarded to Cambridge, Poppy went quickly and caught Lakenham napping again. She darted through the middle of the defence and made it to the line for her second score of the day.
The kick off was gathered in by Caitlin Donnellan and a ruck set, then Rebecca Clough decided it was her turn to start to run. She made 15 metres, off loaded from the tackle, supported at the ruck and made 10 more metres. Cambridge were in control and in the Lakenham 22. After a bit of too and frowing and some exchanges in the scrum, some balls held up over the line and some close quarter rucking, Cambridge came away with the ball and made it over the line with Harriett getting her second try and Maya got the conversion to a huge cheer from the crowd.
Cody Youngman had been quiet as a ball carrier, preferring to tackle hard all afternoon, but now was her time to get on the score sheet as again. After some quite amazing support running, Cody broke free from last gasp efforts to tackle her and scored, to put the game out of sight for the visitors.
Or so they thought! The restart was knocked on and picked up by Lakenham on the Cambridge 10m line. It was moved quickly to their super-fast runner who blasted around the whole Cambridge defence, scoring under the posts, with the conversion to follow. Cambridge were rocked by her pace and determined not to let that happen again.
With 5 minutes left to play, Cambridge regathered their own kick off and Caitlin stormed up the pitch with several Lakenham girls hanging off her. After the ensuing ruck the pick and go was on with Emma Banks, Abi Southall and Lucy Tuck all driving on and when the forwards were stopped on the line, the ball came out quickly and Harriett took her chance to score her hat-trick, Maya slotted the conversion and the final whistle was blown.
A thoroughly deserved victory to Cambridge, 34-12 and they march on to next week where they face Barkers Butts at home, Sunday 12th, 12pm kick off.
Forwards Emma Banks, Caitlin Donnellan, Betty Sajfrtova , Abi Southall, Kacey Tuck, Poppy Elliott
Backs Rebecca Clough, Maya Collinson, Cody Youngman, Harriett Stares, Aaliyah Mulhall, Livy Wilber, Molly Mercer