Weather beaten

Ladies suc­cumb to the cold

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He­lens­burgh ...... 5 Grange­mouth ..15

He­lens­burgh Ladies lost their first league match of 2017 in harsh con­di­tions to close ri­vals Grange­mouth.

The ladies were yet to win a game and sat at the bot­tom of the Na­tional 2 League ta­ble. Grange­mouth were only just above them and were also as yet with­out a win.

Grange­mouth kicked to the home side first. The ball was caught by Moy, the He­lens­burgh fly half, and swiftly moved out along the back line. The star­tled vis­i­tors did not know what had hit them when the Burgh pack quickly moved the ball for­ward with ex­tremely ef­fec­tive ruck­ing and some big drives up the pitch.

Scrum half Gibbs wove across the pitch, only briefly los­ing the ball for full back Boyle to win a ruck and steal it back.

The cold tem­per­a­ture meant both sides be­came clumsy, with the ball be­ing knocked for­ward a few times, which gave the Burgh ladies a chance to show what they have in a scrum.

The home side put in quickly with Hooker Cal­lan win­ning the ball and pass­ing it back to No 8 Lloyd. She pow­ered through the op­po­si­tions for­wards, as­sisted by flankers Rolling and Emer­son, and got a good dis­tance be­fore go­ing to ground.

Next tight head prop Sloan took the ball and once again burst through. Scrum half Gibbs picked up from the back of a ruck know­ing her for­wards pack were be­hind her to cre­ate a pow­er­ful maul which that then broke through the de­fence and touched the ball down for the first try of the game.

He­lens­burgh kept up the pace, try­ing to get the ball out to Mur­ray on the wing, how­ever Grange­mouth stepped up their de­fence, put­ting pres­sure on the home side un­til fi­nally, af­ter mul­ti­ple scrums on the line they broke through the de­fen­sive line to score their first try of the game.

The se­cond half be­gan with the Burgh side kick­ing to the op­po­si­tion, quickly chas­ing the ball up and des­per­ately try­ing to re­gain pos­ses­sion.

Gaps were left in de­fence as the con­di­tions started to af­fect Burgh’s game and it left an open­ing for the Grange­mouth winger. She man­aged to burst through, chased down by Mur­ray, who at least ap­plied enough pres­sure to force the run­ner to score the try right over to the side.

The girls’ spir­its were still high, es­pe­cially when their cap­tain Peebles came on to play for the first time in over a year fol­low­ing a bad injury.

There were a few close calls as the vis­i­tors be­gan to make breaks, how­ever Burgh stopped them with good tack­ling and kick­ing the ball out.

Burgh were reg­u­larly win­ning the ball in line outs with winger McCloy jump­ing and quickly feed­ing it along the back line.

Both sides were tir­ing and the con­di­tions wors­en­ing, and due to in­juries po­si­tions had to change. This all started to take its toll on He­lens­burgh un­til fi­nally a scrum and a quick pick up from the op­pos­ing scrum half gave Grange­mouth their fi­nal try for the day.

Un­for­tu­nately the game was called at 73 min­utes due to in­juries, mak­ing the fi­nal score 15-5 to Grange­mouth.

Woman of the match for He­lens­burgh: R. Lloyd

Woman of the match for Grange­mouth: A. Thom­son

He­lens­burgh: 15. L. Boyle, 14. H. Mur­ray, 13. H. Ni­chol­son, 12. A. Thom­son, 11. L. McCloy, 10. L. Moy, 9. R. Gibbs, 1. J. Bail­lie, 2. K. Cal­lan, 3. S. Sloan, 4. S. Thom­son, 5. D. Hughes 6. E. Rolling 7. L. Emer­son 8. R. Lloyd

Subs: A. Peebles, K. Collins

Grounded The play­ers fight for the ball

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