Big friendly win for Bor­ough


The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

Bor­ough chalked up a big vic­tory in their first com­pet­i­tive game of the sea­son.

They trav­elled to War­wick­shire side Southam for a friendly on Satur­day and beat the Mid­lands Di­vi­sion Two West side 39-8.

With it be­ing the f i rst game, the open­ing ex­changes were un­der­stand­ably a bit fran­tic, but Bor­ough­set­tled­down and with the pack par­tic­u­lar­ly­dom­i­nant it was­no­sur­prise when Ben Ed­ward­scol­lected apas­sand­touched­dow­nafter 15 min­utes. The­con­ver­sionby Lewis Hall was suc­cess­ful.

Bor­ough then with­stood a pe­riod of pres­sure from Southam with some great de­fend­ing be­fore in­creas­ing their ad­van­tage to 14-0 as Dean Hey­man pow­ered his way over in the cen­tre with Hall once again suc­cess­ful with the con­ver­sion.

After­con­cedin­gasil­lypen- alty, which Southam con­verted to make it 14-3, Bor­ough’s fit­ness and dom­i­nance in the pack started to pay div­i­dends with tries com­ing at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals through Nico Steenkamp, Pre­to­ri­ous, Hey­man, and Tom McClure.

In the clos­ing stages Southam forced a con­so­la­tion try, but not t o be out­done, Bor­ough im­me­di­atly fought back whenDewiPearce scythed through the­home­sides­de­fence to score the fi­nal try and leave the re­sult at 39-8.

CoachLeeA­damson­saidhe was­pleased with the progress madein­train­ingbu­tad­mit­ted there wasstill work­tobedone be­fore the first league match on Septem­ber 10.

There were strong per­for­mances in all ar­eas and good­in­di­vid­u­alper­for­mances from­many­in­clud­ingBenHig­ton, who was mak­ing his first ap­pear­an­ceinaBor­oughshirt. Girl power has hit Peter­bor­ough Rugby Club.

Bor­ough have been work­ing very hard over the last six months try­ing to es­tab­lish an Un­der 13 girls team and it’s cer­tainly paid off.

They’ll be go­ing into the new sea­son with no less than 25 play­ers in their squad, but head coach Si­mon Pot­ter says they would still wel­come more.

He said: “We had a few ex­per­i­men­tal matches at the tail end of last sea­son and came sec­ond in three tourna- ments we en­tered. But that was mainly against girls who were older, big­ger and more ex­pe­ri­enced.

“This will re­ally beour­first sea­son and we in­tend to put Peter­bor­ough firmly on the girls’ rugby map.”

The first train­ing ses­sion will be at the Fen­gate club on Sun­day Septem­ber 4 (12.30) and from then on train­ing will be on Tues­day evenings with matches on Sun­day after­noons.

“We’re in this for the long run,” added­coachPad­dyMur- ray. “This isn’t a one-off team for this won­der­ful group of girls. This is hope­fully the start of a dy­nasty that will go on­build­ing, with­Un­der15and Un­der18team­sin­time. But­for now we’re start­ing with the Un­der 13s.

“We’ve got some bril­liant play­ers and the new sea­son’s go­ing to beare­ally ex­cit­ing big ad­ven­ture.”

Any girls wish­ing to join in the­fun­can­learn­more­by­con­tact­ing ladiesad­min@prufc. com or from Pot­ter at spot­ter@pr­

Nico Steenkamp.

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