U15 Girls beat Old Northamptonians
By Ben Clough
U15 Girls on form, old score settled
This week the Rubies welcomed Old Northamptonians to Volac Park. This game would prove a significant benchmark for how the girls had progressed. ONs had lost a few players through injury but still managed 5 East Mid players. Last season we went to ONs and were taught a lesson on both rugby and hospitality. They ran out winners by over 50 points and provided a great dinner after the game.
However this is a Rubies side that has grown on a steep learning curve and there was a quiet anticipation before the game.
ONs kicked off and they were clearly a well drilled side. Rubies defensive line has improved and once again Emma 'better than all other' Banks and Rebecca 'the chiropractor' Clough opened with thumping tackles. The game was on. Good hands led to a scrum on ONs 5 meter. Poppy 'Nobody' Elliot exploded from an 8 pick up to open the scoring. Particularly pleasing to see a player of such exceptional talent start to make all the right decisions.
The Cambridge front 5 have really developed into a class act. Caitlin guesting at hooker and Abi M were so solid with Emma. We are also blessed with the quiet hard work and talent of Kacey Tuck and Abi S both of whom rucked, tackled and carried for the team all game. Abi M and Abi S attacking running was eye catching. It's this joint effort that makes the team tick.
Turning over another ON scrum saw the ball move quickly through Ted, who is becoming a star at 10, to our new thunderbolt Daisy and then to Maya who scored. Maya went on to score 2 more: one a length of the pitch return and a beautifully skillful chip over and score. Maya really is a superb rugby player.
Cambridge had a good amount of ball not least because Rebecca Clough tackled everything that moved and if the ball got to the wings Chloe and Emily made sure ONs were not going round us.
Half time brought on a change of subs. Time for another rugby development. Rugby requires courage not just to tackle but also to run at full pace knowing if you're tackled it's going to hurt. We saw both today. First the lion hearted Katie Hodge tackled a girl twice her size and then Iris finally put the full burners on to beat 3 girls and score. This seemed to spark Iris who went on to score again.
Girls had to play new positions today, Cherry and Emily both played out of position at times for the team but were both great in defence.
Kicks over the top were working and Holly, Ellie and Caitlin made sure they worked hard off the ball chasing a kick through and this led to Katie 'surprising pace for a' Hodge scoring.
ONs came back into the game at the end but the tide was well held, Livy was very solid at full back with some superb catches on the run as was Abi S from kick offs. In the end Cambridge ran out 53-10 winners.
This showed how far we have come as a team. The score sheet will show conversions from Rebecca, Maya and Kacey. It will show wingers, back row, front row, center and scrum half scoring. The level of skill improving in every position. I know Nikki and I are both very proud of what a great group these girls are, how hard they have worked and that they have great pride in being Cambridge Rugby players.
Report: Coach White
Tries: Poppy Elliot (2), Maya Collinson (2), Caitlin Moran, Iris Dignam (2), Katie Hodge, Cherie Mok
Conversions: Maya Collinson (2), Rebecca Clough