County girls U15: A battle to the bitter end
Despite a hard fought battle by Durham U15 girls, the Lancashire visitors traveled home with a 51-5 victory.
In the second of the County girl’s clashes, the U15 girls were put under pressure as weather conditions were cold, wet and muddy at Tynedale RFC. Although this did not stop Durham displaying their fast line running and deft handling
The visiting County, Lancashire were first on the board with a well worked try within minutes of the first kick off as Durham fell victim to their own mistakes with one of many penalties.
On the response, Durham struck back sharply as Faith Robinson took the ball forward and swiftly passed out to Jasmine Hendin who, with a well-timed pass unleashed space for the speedy, April Ishida to even out the score.
It began to look as though it might be an evenly matched battle in wind.
Lancashire piled on the pressure as they relentlessly drove forward in attack and the Durham girls responded with a strong defence pushing the visitors out of play.
Durham set up to relieve pressure with the boot as they positioned for a line out in their half. A good boot sailed the ball into the Lancashire half.
However, Lancashire had other ideas as they protected the ball and their number 8, Georgia Turner opened up the field with a hand off to touch down in the corner.
Turner followed the pattern once more for an almost identical try as her Durham opposite number was sin binned for repetitive high tackles. Lancashire took full advantage of the overlap and closed the first half 20-5 in front.
Returning from the break, the visitors dominated by working the ball up the pitch as Durham struggled to contain their forward march, resulting in a further seven points.
More pressure and good passing along the backs saw some nifty footwork from their number 21 who reached the Durham try line once more.
Even with Durham having a great deal of possession in the second half and Lancashire taking the toll in penalties, the Durham girls just could not finish their chances.
Whereas Lancashire made the most of every ball in their possession by securing another four tries before the referee’s final whistle, seeing the “southern” visitors win 51- 5.
Jan Duncan, Women and girls Chairwoman said: “The score line did not reflect how hard every girl worked to give the large number of spectators an enjoyable and exciting game right until the bitter end.
“The girls will return to training and work hard as they seek a victorious score line in their last clash of this season.”
Durham’s next fixture is against Cheshire at Vale of Lune on Sunday December, 4.
Photos by Karen Capenhurst
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