|June 22, 2019||1:00 pm||OWL 1||2019|
Woman of the Match: Remi Long
We have been on the end of some losses the past few games, so the Niagara game was needed for a self-confidence boost as well as to stay in touch on the ladder.
We followed a familiar pattern of “champagne rugby” for 10 to 12 minutes, then losing all shape and allowing Niagara to post tries not earned. However, where heads may have dropped in the past, the team knuckled down and regained the shape we know has impact. When we dictated the game, the pace was quick due to the great support play that is now a signature style and this slowly tired out Niagara. We only let ourselves down by not completing phases to that last pass.
Fighting against a lopsided penalty count against us, the girls kept their composure and in time found their groove and played like the championship team I and they know they can be (are).
It was close at the half but a “passionate” half time chat and a determination not to slump in the second, saw the Scottish run away with the game in the second half. Great passing and ongoing support play saw really pretty scores with Remi bagging four of her own and her own personal bonus point! Defence for the most part was solid.
Liv moved from 12 back to her “home” in the forwards and was a one person wrecking crew at the break down with multiple poaches made. In fact our back three had a huge impact on the game and again Promise “smashed” the line multiple times.
Work needs to be done in protecting the ball at the breakdown where we still get complacent and understanding ball through the hands is a potent as fancy moves. In the next three weeks we face some strong opposition and as Eddie’s mentions in the men’s report, we need a scalp of our own and also to make a statement that we are here to compete with the big girls!
We know we can – we just 100% of the game at the level we know we have in us!