RN Women vs Plymouth Albion
The RN(W) played Plymouth Albion at DSRFC as they continue to prepare for the forthcoming Inter Services games.
Plymouth kicked off and the Navy were unable to secure their own ball so played a frantic 10 mins in their own 22, defending their try line. The Navy’s defensive line held however and good work in and around the breakdown by Lt Charlotte Fredrickson and Lt Pippa Hutchinson forced a turnover which AB Sam Alderson cleared for touch.
Due to a lack of props the scrums were uncontested allowing the Navy backs ample possession to test the Plymouth defence. AB Mel Landman’s hard running, often the recipient of good offloads by MA Nikki Elvidge, allowed Landman to score a well deserved try after 21 mins; successfully converted by Alderson to give the Navy the lead 7:0.
Unfortunately Elvidge went off injured after this and although the Navy forwards were applying sustained pressure in the Plymouth 22, they were unable to cross the line for a second try. Skipper for the day A/LNN Alice Kightley was amongst the many Navy runners taking the ball into contact, although slow support and a lack of numbers at the breakdown, in addition to strong and tenacious counter rucking by the Plymouth pack, caused turnovers which starved the Navy backs of decent possession.
A scrum in the middle of the pitch, just before half time gave Plymouth possession and they exploited the smallest of gaps on the blindside to score a well deserved try. The Navy had defended well for 38 mins and had tackled everything that moved but the first Plymouth try gave an ominous warning of things to come in the second half.
Plymouth attacked the Navy’s try line from the kick off and as the Navy became more fatigued, from their heroic defensive effort in the first half, the floodgates began to open. The Plymouth backs started to use good patterns of play and looked to play the ball wide, stretching the Navy’s thinning defence. 6 unanswered tries followed and although the 45-7 score line was unflattering to the Navy it gave a good indication of the work that is requied prior to the Navy’s next fixture against Trojans on 4 Mar.
1. A/LNN Alice Kightley (Captain)
2. OC Lottie Myrans
3. LETWE Sarah Mitchell
4. POWTR Ann-Marie McIntyre
5. MA Rhiann Dilmore
6. Lt Charlotte Fredrickson
7. SLt Pippa Hutchinson
8. LWTR Lauren Morton
9. POAWT Emma Swinton
10. AB Sam Alderson
11. ET(ME) Lavinia Vakurivalu
12. MA Nikki Elvidge
13. AB Mel Landman
14. AB Maggie Bevan-Smith
15. Lt Lizzie Grant (Vice Captain)
16. MA Imogen Brown
17. MA Kayla Hoppin
Images Alligin Photography / © Mark Andrews