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    Biggleswade Ladies Rugby Club V Bishops Stortford


    Bishops Stortford Ladies 12 Biggleswade Ladies 10

    Biggleswade Ladies’ latest away friendly saw the team put in a hugely competitive display against Bishops Stortford, in a match they were unlucky to lose.

    Newly-established side Biggy were determined to carry their hard work from recent training sessions onto the pitch, and the result was a far more disciplined team performance than in previous games.

    From the kick-off it was clear Biggy were here to give league side Stortford a proper contest, and the forwards led the charge, gaining ground with phase after phase of strong carries and battling rucks. 

    The early high-tempo charges gave Biggy’s confidence a boost, and players really stepped up their work rate and aggression.

    With big hits going in, and only one (slightly over-excited) sub on the bench, Biggy’s fitness levels needed to be good and the ladies kept the energy levels up for the entire match.

    Every element of Biggy’s game saw an improvement from previous matches. Their defensive line was far more organised, with the team pressing forward together and putting pressure on their opposition; scrums were solid and got stronger as the match went on; lineout ball was good, and flanker Emma Merrett was in fine jumping form.

    Influential Biggy player Amy Schiller was away watching the Six Nations in Paris, so Sarah Ashby pulled on the Number 8 shirt for the first time, putting in a really gutsy shift in an unfamiliar position.

    The commitment of the team was demonstrated when scrum-half Teri Taylor burst through the gain line on a storming run and, instead of finding herself isolated as in some of the team’s recent friendlies, was caught up by support runners helping to protect and retain the ball. 

    Two breakaway tries from Stortford’s speedy No 13 saw the scoreline go the wrong way. But, recognising the threat, and determined not to let the home side notch up any more points, Biggleswade stepped up their defence, making it difficult for the opposition to feed the ball out wide.

    Biggy’s pressure and possession deserved points, and they finally came when captain and fly-half Charlie Field scored a try from an alert pick and go after several phases of forward pod pressure.

    Biggy winger Ellie Reeve was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet after running two thirds of the length of the pitch before being caught just a metre from the try line.

    It looked like Biggy had scored again when Teri Taylor grounded the ball, only to realise the ref had already blown up for an earlier knock-on. (Teri later had to go off with a knee injury, which meant battling hooker Zaria Bettles, herself carrying a knock, filled in as centre in a reshuffled back line). 

    A long-awaited second try did come, this time from lock Claire Watson, who bulldozed over the line after more sustained Biggy pressure. She earned herself Forward Of The Match for a game that saw her relentlessly running at and through the Stortford forwards (on one notable occasion ending up with four opposition players hanging off her). 

    Back Of The Match was Anna Kolanczyk, playing at full back, who dealt calmly with some strong Stortford kicks, gathering high balls neatly, sidestepping tackles and turning defence into attack on several occasions.

    Special mention must also go to ninja ginge flanker Rachel Poulson, who put in a typically skilled and committed forward performance in what was her last match for the club as she is moving out of the area. She’ll be greatly missed. She was sent on her way with a bottle of Bulldog gin and her own verse in the now traditional Biggy Ladies after-match song.

    Final score: Bishops Stortford Ladies 12 Biggleswade Ladies 10

    Biggleswade Ladies Rugby Club V Cheshunt/Royston

    Cheshunt Ladies 0 – 27  Biggleswade Ladies

    Biggleswade’s first game was against Cheshunt (with some Royston players), and it was an encouraging performance from Biggy. Having previously only played friendlies against established league sides, they relished the rare opportunity to play a team with less experience than themselves, and looked well-organised and confident from the start.

    The first try came from centre Claire ‘Chuckle’ Huckle, making a quick, bursting run after sustained possession and forward pressure. Captain and fly half Charlie Field converted.

    An attacking kick from Charlie saw a great chase from winger Jo ‘Show’ Beard, putting pressure on the Cheshunt defence. 

    Lock Claire Watson and No 8 Amy Schiller made plenty of strong ball carries, with Cheshunt needing to team up to bring them down, which sucked players in and created gaps. Biggy possession was deservedly rewarded when the backs’ spread the ball out quickly to Ellie Reeve on the wing who raced in for a second Biggleswade try just before half time. (Any watching supporters, please be reassured that Ellie’s unforgivable try celebration – a shout of ‘GOAL!’ – will be punished with a suitable forfeit).

    After the break, Ellie made another gain line-busting run, but it was pressure from the pack that earned the next try, with Claire Watson carrying the ball over the Cheshunt line.

    Flanker Sarah Ashby had a typically strong game, gaining ground with some surging runs and textbook hand-offs.

    Captain Charlie Field scored the most spectacular try of the match, beginning her run from the halfway line, flirting with the sideline, dodging tackles, and stepping inside to get Biggy’s fourth try. 

    And, to the sideline supporters’ delight, Biggleswade still hadn’t finished: Amy Schiller picked and went from a ruck to score a fifth and final try, making the end score an impressive 27-0.


    Royston Ladies 10 – 12 Biggleswade Ladies (Friendly)

    The second match was against Royston (with some Cheshunt players). Biggleswade were beaten by Royston in their friendly at the end of last year, and had failed to score any points against them, so were keen to play to their full potential.

    One minute in and one missed tackle later Royston were five points ahead thanks to a breakaway try (unconverted), but Biggy didn’t panic and kept their shape and discipline, and continued the pattern in recent games of being more aggressive in the rucks and establishing a good defensive line. 

    Keeping possession and taking the ball forward through the middle of the pitch, Amy Schiller again had the vision to pick and go into space, almost making it over the line. Teri Taylor, with some sharp support play, saw another gap, and scored a great scrum-half’s try. Charlie Field converted to take Biggy two points ahead.

    Combative flanker Sarah Ashby upped her already high tackle count in the second half with a perfect demonstration of flattening technique(!) and fitness – taking out four opposition players one after the other as she ‘rolled right’ across the width of the pitch.

    And it was Biggleswade who scored again, after good backs’ interplay moved the ball out to the left wing. Biggleswade bundled over Royston’s line, with Jo Beard emerging from the meleé with a beaming smile that revealed she was the try-scorer.

    The clock was ticking down, and Royston battled back, scoring a second try but missing the conversion, which meant Biggy were leading 12-10 with only a couple of minutes to go.  Biggleswade kept their heads, retained possession, pressed forward, and kept their two point advantage until the final whistle, clocking up their second win of the day.

    The afternoon finished with a third match with the teams mixed up together.

    Centre Claire Goldsmith earned Back of the Day for some great support play, and a selection of the afternoon’s biggest tackles. 

    Loosehead Leigh Frost was awarded Forward of the Day for strength in the scrum and a series of determined ball carries.

    Fellow prop Drea Lee also merits a special mention in dispatches for a great performance at tight head, before she had to come off injured.

    Cheshunt Ladies deserve huge praise for the way they played in what was many players’ first ever match – Biggleswade Ladies know how daunting it is, after being in that position just a few short months ago. Huge thanks to hosts Cheshunt and fellow guests Royston for a fabulous afternoon of rugby played in a competitive but friendly spirit.

    Biggleswade Ladies hold training sessions on Mondays and Fridays between 7.15pm and 9pm at Biggleswade Rugby Club on Langford Road. It’s free to try – click on the link to find out more: http://biggleswadeladiesrugby.co.uk

    Photo Credit: pics by Carl Wolfenden

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    Biggleswade Ladies Rugby Team started training in 2015, with the main focus on touch tournaments, which is a non-contact form of rugby. In Summer 2017 we decided to venture into full contact rugby with the goal of entering a league in the new season of 2018. This involves playing at least 8 frien...

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