By John Hutchinson, Sports Reporter
Thursday, March 22, 2012
WELWYN U15 Girls moved to the top of the RFUW Central league after a thoroughly convincing 46-0 victory against Oxford Vale on Sunday.
With only one league match remaining, and against the same opposition, the girls from Hobbs Way, sponsored by JCA Group, are favourites to take the league title.
The match was yet another 7s game, at which Welwyn are becoming quite accomplished.
Not only their backs, but also their forwards, showed a good turn of speed, and it was this that won them the game.
While Vale’s forwards showed proficiency in the scrum, they were no match at the breakdown and Welwyn’s backs continually put Vale under pressure whenever they had the ball.
The first five tries were standard 7s fare - creating an overlap, several from scrums in Vale’s half, and heading down the line.
Beth Summerfield and Zoe Harrison shared these – with three and two tries respectively.
The sixth try was a scrum-half’s sneak in by Kate Summerfield, which was justice after a denied try minutes earlier from a breakaway run when the referee judged the ball to have not been grounded.
To strengthen their grasp on the league title, it was vital that the Welwyn girls should not only win but also obtain the five-try bonus point. They managed to do this with ease in the first half.
This allowed the coaches to make a wholesale change for the second half to allow all the substitutes game time.
This resulted in the unusual sight of a whole 7s team made up of forwards!
Though it was largely unchartered territory for the forwards to have to run so much, they still managed to get in a couple of tries ‘backs-style’ from Floss Jones and Chloe James.
The only downside to the day was a couple of injuries picked up on what is becoming increasingly hard ground.
The second of which, to Nicole Livingstone in her Welwyn debut, resulted in the game being stopped five minutes before time.
The afternoon finished with a scratch match, with a couple of Welwyn girls playing for Oxford to get all the girls on the pitch for a 10-a-side game.
Welwyn coach John Harrison congratulated all the girls on their performance.
He said: “The Welwyn girls did really well to maintain their focus to ensure the vital bonus point and we can now look forward to securing the league title at the return fixture on the way back from our tour in South Wales.
“Credit should also go to the Vale girls who never gave up and played in such a friendly spirit.”