16th September 2012
Albion Ladies put in a great performance in season opener.
Albion Ladies vs London Welsh. 15.9.2012. KO 5pm
Albion ladies stormed to victory over London Welsh in their opening league fixture of the season at Brickfields with a 55 – 7 win over the visitors.
Playing after the Albion men’s team beat Leeds Carnegie, the ladies needed to prove a point against the only opposition to beat them in the league last year. The crowds who stayed to watch the ladies’ match were not disappointed as they watched Albion run in a total of 9 tries during the match.
The first significant moment of the match came 10 minutes from kick off when London Welsh’s prop received a yellow card for a repeat offence around the ruck. Albion took their opportunity with the opposition a man down and No 10 Lucy Demaine ran in the opening try. After this confidence boost, Albion got into their rhythm and started to put some decent phases of play together. Strong running from Captain Megan Higgins saw her take a crash ball over the line for a second try. Lucy Demaine converted before putting another try over herself and converting again, leaving the score 19 – 0 at half time.
The second half opened with more of the same with a pair of tries from both wingers Caitlin Short and Anna Clooke, the latter finished off in style after the ball was spread the width of the pitch and kept alive with some great support play. London Welsh were no pushovers however, and they showed their experience and spirit with a spell of attacking play. Albion’s defence was tested on a number of occasions, particularly from penalty moves. Having only conceded 55 points in the entire 2012-2012 season, this is a key part of the ladies’ games and an area which they clearly have worked hard on. On the whole, Albion stemmed off these attacks with some solid tackling, the forwards competing hard for turnover ball. But with a man down as Albion’s hooker was sin binned for offside after a team warning and then giving a penalty away 10 yards from the line, London Welsh managed to capitalise with a charging penalty over the line followed by a conversion.
Not disheartened and already with 5 tries and therefore a league bonus point, Albion pressed on to top up their score sheet. Albion exploited the speed on their side to run through no fewer than 4 more tries. Caitlin Short stepped up quick to intercept a pass and ran in her second from the halfway line; flanker Verity Waters got in on the action, sprinting in from Albion’s own 22; fullback Alex Smith cut though the London Welsh defence to score from beyond the half way line, and finally Amy Collins at outside centre went over for her first of the season. Demaine kicked a further 3 conversions in the second half, bringing the final score to 55 – 7. A great start to the season.