A seven-try blitz marked the start of the season for Loughborough women’s rugby 1st XV who opened their 2009 Championship North campaign with a 41-13 win over newly promoted Olney.
Loughborough came back from a one point deficit at the break to score an unanswered five tries in what was one of the team’s best performances of recent years.
An early brace from visitors Olney and an easy penalty saw them lead 13-12 at half time, with Loughborough’s points coming from forward of the match Lisa Jones and full back and Welsh international Elinor Snowsill who also added the conversion.
The home side regrouped at the break and came back strong with an early score courtesy of player of the match Lisa Harris. The floodgates then opened as Loughborough stepped up a gear and put into practice their hard work from the offseason, consecutive tries coming from centres Carrie Smith and Claire Riddell, captain Nicky Hudson and winger Harris who scored her second of the match, with Snowsill adding the extras.
Harris’ brace was a fitting effort from the club stalwart who made her final appearance before leaving for a year-long trip to Australia.
Credit should also go to the half backs who were instrumental in the win – fly half Sarah Roper who has benefited from a packed summer of rugby league and Leonie Halls who effortlessly filled the gap at scrum half.
The women’s section of Loughborough RFC run two teams catering for beginners to seasoned players of all abilities. The squad trains on a Friday from 6.30pm at the University Rubber Crumb and new players are always welcome. For more information contact Jenna on 07921 283 344.
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