TRICLUSTER PROVES A TEST AT NORTH DORSET
Under 15s girls cluster with Oaks and North Dorset against Chard
Well, wasn't this a test. The first tri-cluster where many of the girls hadn't played as a team before. Initially this weakness showed and the girls had to work hard to communicate and defend their try line. As a consequence, the first try and conversation went to Chard. Scored by their fast and dangerous outside centre.
Going into the second half, the girls realised that their advantage lay out wide. It took a good inside ball from Anna Foice to send Alisa the fullback to scamper over for a try. Conversation was successful levelling the score. However the eye was taken off the ball and immediately after the restart Chard's nippy winger charged forward and scored another try.
After a frustrating period in the mid-field, where both sets of forwards contested for space, it took a group rethink to take the advantage. The ball was finally shipped out wide where a fine run from the fullback produced a try. The conversation was unsuccessful and at the final whistle the score was 12-12.
Some of the most testing games is where the best lessons are learnt. There was much to take back to training following this game. Good effort girls.
Special mention to Pip Martin, handsome and brave tackles. Good defensive work by Danny Cousins and fine work on the flank by Jess Westmacott.
In a week where girl power took on the DRFC Instagram account and the country celebrated international women's day, I think it's only right that we reflect on the girls accomplishments as a squad this season. With more fixtures and game play than ever before and half a dozen county players in the squad, I marvel at how you have all grown. Your coaches will be proud of your rugby development , your passion and the qualities you display as a team. The future of DRFC girls rugby looks secure and bright.