A comprehensive 10-0 victory against Oundle School has been notched up by members of Wisbech Grammar School’s girls’ rugby A team.
In the A team match in Wisbech on Tuesday, both sides attacked strongly and displayed their defensive skills, but the Wisbech Grammar School girls posted the opening points on the board.
With the help of impressive tackles by Laura Temple and Hettie West and powerful scrummaging by Charley Brown and Bridey de Jong-Daly, Adrienne Burt pierced Oundle’s defence to score the game’s first try.
A stirring team talk by coaches Anna Dunnet and Trevor Claydon fuelled the fire and the girls went into the second half with mounting confidence.
As Nicole Rowell stepped up to scrum half the Wisbech girls took control of the game against a strong opposition. A second sprint down the wing by Hettie West was quickly halted by a solid tackle, but Victoria Murphy was on her heels to pick up the ball and score the second try of the match.
Oundle maintained the pressure, but never quite made it to the try line, and the result was a well deserved victory for Wisbech Grammar School.
Spurred on by the A team’s success, Wisbech Grammar School’s B side prepared for a challenging encounter against bigger opponents.
Oundle was quick off the mark to score the first try and then convert it, but Nicole Rowell fought back to equalize, and a conversion made the game neck and neck.
In a breakdown in Oundle’s play just before the half-time whistle Emily Wood showed quick thinking, allowing Alexandra Ford to make a break down the right wing to score her first try of the season.
In the second half Oundle piled on the pressure, snatching two lightning tries and converting them. However, Wisbech Grammar School responded, with Heather Newport and newcomer Claire Billingham making big tackles. Samantha Morris pushed the attack forward, allowing Amber Jones to breach the defence and score under the posts, narrowing the final points deficit to a margin of just four points and making the final score 17-21.
The final match involved two mixed teams in a ten-minute game. Both sides came out strongly, with the Wisbech captain, Bridey de Jong-Daly, making and taking some big hits, but the home side’s defence could not withstand Oundle’s speed on the wing, which helped it to a 10-0 win.
Coach Anna Dunnet said: “All the players should be extremely proud of their efforts on the pitch, especially those who are new to the sport.
“The players are no longer just individual people: they are a squad in which the members look out for each other and support each other both on and off the pitch. Their hard work and determination is clear to see, with every training session and every match showing vast improvements.
“We are now into tournament season, our first being the upcoming Reigate Charity Girls Sevens, and I wish all the girls the best of luck. They should all be extremely proud of themselves.”
Wisbech Grammar School’s head of rugby, Mr Alex Laybourne, said: “This was a great afternoon of girls’ under 18 rugby.”