Great win for Drum­mettes

Bray People - - Bray Sport -

RATH­DRUM WOMEN’S rugby team played host to vis­it­ing Black­rock in frozen con­di­tions on Sun­day in their sec­ond round of the Le­in­ster League.

Th­ese teams met pre­vi­ously in Septem­ber when Black­rock com­pre­hen­sively won 31-5, so Rath­drum knew they would have to up their per­for­mance for this match.

Rath­drum won the kick-off and from the open­ing mo­ments, Black­rock put the home side un­der im­mense pres­sure when they made four passes get­ting the ball out wide to their winger who ran through three de­fend­ers to score un­der the posts. Af­ter stern words, Rath­drum restarted with determination and be­gan to pile the pres­sure on the vis­i­tors, pin­ning them in their own half for most of the first pe­riod but without gain­ing any points, just be­fore half-time, Black­rock again scored a break­away try against the run of play to leave the score 14 -0 at the break.

Rath­drum knew that they were ca­pa­ble of bet­ter and again upped the tempo in the sec­ond-half. Ground con­di­tions were a fac­tor in the home side’s re­served play of the first-half and cau­tion was thrown to the wind for the sec­ond-half as Rath­drum’s de­fence be­came im­pen­e­tra­ble and they at­tacked from all ar­eas. Rath­drum’s cap­tain Sue Brady set the stan­dard for the home side when she burst through four de­fend­ers and sprinted for the line hotly pur­sued by a dis­ar­rayed de­fence to put the home side on the score­board with five points.

Hav­ing a taste for suc­cess, Rath­drum again put pres­sure on the vis­i­tors and af­ter 20 min­utes of hotly con­tested play, Rath­drum were awarded a scrum in the vis­i­tors 22.

Rath­drum’s AJ McQuar­rie picked from the base and burst through the de­fence on the blind side to put Rath­drum within four points of the vis­i­tors.

The home side’s gan­der was up and they hotly chased a home win. With Black­rock still on the back foot and as the clock ticked down to the fi­nal whis­tle, Rath­drum made their fi­nal play from a ruck within Black­rock’s 22, when blind­side winger Ciara Healy screamed for the pass that put her across the vis­i­tors line to fin­ish the score at 15-14 to Rath­drum.

Rath­drum’s women’s rugby team have a rest this week and then face UCD away on De­cem­ber 14th.

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