Rugby Union: East London women end 2016 in style with crushing success over Woodbridge
PUBLISHED: 14:30 05 December 2016
National Championship South East North One: East London 37 Woodbridge 10
East London’s women rounded off 2016 with a thumping 37-10 win over Woodbridge to move into second place in the National Championship South East North One.
On a chilly afternoon at the Memorial Ground, the hosts came from a try down to all but wrap up the game before the interval.
An unconverted Woodbridge try after five minutes, when the visitors won a scrum against the head, was the wake-up call East London needed.
With props Sam Leetch and Ciccy Norah marauding at will through the Woodbridge defencethe hosts drew level seven minutes later when the latter picked up the ball after a scrum and burst over from five yards.
East London took the lead after 19 minutes when an excellent passing move through the backs saw wing Kate Webb outpace three defenders to score in the right corner.
The forwards took over again and Norah scored her second try after a series of crash balls from the dominant East London pack.
Number eight Ciara Baxter, playing her first full game of the season after a shoulder injury, wrapped up the try bonus point when she scored after 27 minutes.
She almost had another on the stroke of half time, but the try was chalked off because of a double movement with the ball in hand.
The lead was increased nine minutes into the second half as pressure from the forwards recovered the ball close to the Woodbridge line, before it was passed out to the left where outside centre Tamsin Nooney scored.
After 53 minutes, Nooney scored again after wing Rachel King was tackled short of the line, but managed to recycle possession.
The final East London try came three minutes later when full back Rachel Edmead dashed home from 30 yards out to score under the posts.
Woodbridge added a try just before the end as East London introduced all their replacements from the bench, but home skipper Baxter was still mightily pleased with the win.
“Woodbridge were strong opponents and gave us a good game,” said the number eight.
“This has been a great 2016 for East London, what with winning promotion and being named women’s team of the year at the National Rugby Awards. Let’s see what 2017 brings.”
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