Saints win again
RFUW Championship South One OA Saints 27 Richmond II 0 ON A bright and chilly December afternoon the OA Saints first XV ran out to receive the kick-off from a determined Richmond side. The ball was gathered neatly by the forwards who surged over the Richm
RFUW Championship South One
OA Saints 27 Richmond II 0
ON A bright and chilly December afternoon the OA Saints first XV ran out to receive the kick-off from a determined Richmond side.
The ball was gathered neatly by the forwards who surged over the Richmond opposition creating clean ball at the back of the ruck for the scrum half, Nicky Cameron, to mobilise the backs. The ball passed through safe hands to be ran in over the Richmond line by the winger, Chloe Allcorn, after just three minutes.
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The first try kicked the Richmond ladies into action and saw the next 20 minutes being fiercely contested between the 10m lines of both teams. The deadlock was finally broken with a searing run from Megan Williams who tore through the Richmond defensive line to add another five points to the OA scoreboard in the 24th minute.
The forward pack, having firmly established itself, continued to win ball against the head with hooker Nadia Brannon sweeping opposition ball away from the visiting side. Tight head prop, Caz Pretty, stepped up to give an assured contribution complimenting the awesome power of the second row and the tenacity of the back row. Paula Chandler was exceptional in the first half making tackle after tackle ensuring that the defence held strong.
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The strong foundation created by the forwards was built upon by a lively back line who capitalised on every opportunity seeing a further breakaway try by Williams marking the half hour, ably converted by the fly half, Sarah McKenna.
Half time saw Tamsin Openshaw replace Simone Shepard on the field of play following a committed performance by the inside centre.
The half time break seemed to re-focus the Richmond side and the visitors created some chances in the middle of the field which tested the Saints defence. Holding strong, the home side managed to convert defence into attack with Williams completing her hat-trick halfway through the second half.
A further personnel change brought Robyn King on for Kate Barnes on the wing. It wasn't long before Robyn made her presence felt by running in a well worked team try in with 10 minutes to go to increase the lead to 27-0.
Captain, Catherine Botterman, led by example for the duration getting involved all over the park from driving the ball over the gain line to making try-saving tackles.
The final whistle saw an emphatic victory for the Saints ladies in the clash of the top two placed teams in the league leaving no doubt why the Saints have earned their place at the top of the table.