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Ladies 1st XV - Match centre

Thurrock Ladies
Hove Ladies
N Smith, S Tyler, A Radford
Full time
Unknown
G Cook
Sun 18 Feb 14:30 - RFUW NC 1 (& Above) - NC South 1 Attendance 200

Hove at home

As one of only 4 sides who have ever beaten the T-Birds during 6 seasons in Championship One, there is always a bit of spice in a game against Hove, even more so having lost at their place this season.

As one of only 4 sides who have ever beaten the T-Birds during 6 seasons in Championship One, there is always a bit of spice in a game against Hove, even more so having lost at their place this season.
With their massive pack, they play a game that somehow the T-Birds find hard to counter and these games are usually dour affairs as Ts get drawn into an arm wrestle instead of playing their own game.
With a dominant scrum and a good supply of ball, Thurrock should have been away and clear in the first 15 minutes, with 2 clear cut chances spurned, but perhaps playing with a bit too much vim and vigour, the penalty count steadily rose against them and only the magnificent offensive defence kept the game alive.
Finally Jodie Rettie, having been returned to the Club by Scotland to get game time, made a 40 meter run from inside her own half and the offload set up Natalie Smith for the first score of the game, Georgia Cook’s conversion adding the extras for 7 nil.
Now playing with a bit more fluidity, T’s attacked straight from a scrum on Hove’s 10 meter line, India Harvey finding the first gap and Sophie Tyler breaking 3 tackles to cross the whitewash for 12-0 and so it remained until half time.
Ts came out for the second period with a new intensity. Chasing the kick off they turned over the ball in the tackle and Kara Hepper carried for 30 meters through midfield, bodies flying in her wake, then going wide, Natalie Smith was almost in for her second but a high tackle prevented the score and the referee ran under the posts to award the penalty try.
With a gap developing on the scoreboard, T’s opened up their game, only silly mistakes and some fine last ditch tackling from Hove denying another score, but perhaps too intent on attack, pressing Hove hard on their own 22, Hove’s Sharman found a gap and Martin made a fine 50 meter run to score.
Unfortunately a potentially serious neck injury to a Hove player disrupted the game and necessitated a move to another pitch.
Shortly into the restarted game, Ts had a scrum on the Hove 5 meter line and went for the pushover. With Hove illegally collapsing the scrum as the drive came on, the referee once again ran under the posts, for the second Penalty Try of the game.
Ts now went hunting for the 5th try and the bonus point, but once again the game was disrupted for an injury, the game on the verge of making a move to a third pitch before the player recovered enough to be moved.
A scrappy last 20 minutes saw Hove move to uncontested scrums as they ran out of Front Row and Thurrock sportingly allowing a substituted player to return to the pitch.
Ami Parsad went on to collect the vital 5th try for the bonus point and the game finished at 31-5.
The injured Hove player, after lying on the cold ground for nearly 3 hours awaiting the ambulance, was fortunately found to not be seriously injured and released from Hospital.

The T-Birds are now top of Championship One South with 2 away games to play and their destiny in their own hands.

Team : Parsad (T), Smith (T), Stopps, Tyler, Lawther, Harvey. I, Cook (capt) (C), Hepper, Foy, Pugh, Franklin, Nichols, Baker, Rettie, Earwicker Replacements: Cook, Picton. F, Shaw, French, Dixon, Macdonald, Longdon-Hughes.

Hove home 17_18
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The T-Birds now travel to Trojans just outside Southampton on 4th March.

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Key moments

17:00
Try Natalie Smith scores for Thurrock Ladies
18:00
Conversion Georgia Cook kicks a conversion for Thurrock Ladies
25:00
Try Sophie-Jane Tyler scores for Thurrock Ladies
50:00
Try Try for Hove Ladies
68:00
Try Ami Radford scores for Thurrock Ladies

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Hove home 17_18
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Hove home 17_18

Highlights

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73:00 Sub Off
Faye Baker is substituted off for Thurrock Ladies
73:00 Sub On
Faye Picton is substituted on for Thurrock Ladies
73:00 Sub Off
Georgia Cook is substituted off for Thurrock Ladies
73:00 Sub On
Amiee Shaw is substituted on for Thurrock Ladies
68:00 Try 27 - 5
Ami Radford scores for Thurrock Ladies
66:00 Sub On
Samantha MacDonald is substituted on for Thurrock Ladies
66:00 Sub Off
Ellie Lawther is substituted off for Thurrock Ladies
65:00 Sub On
Leah Dixon is substituted on for Thurrock Ladies
65:00 Sub Off
Mercedes Foy is substituted off for Thurrock Ladies
60:00 Penalty Try
Penalty try awarded to Thurrock Ladies
60:00 Sub Off
Katie Fenn is substituted off for Thurrock Ladies
60:00 Sub On
Siobahn Longdon-Hughes is substituted on for Thurrock Ladies
50:00 Try 17 - 5
Try for Hove Ladies
43:00 Sub On
Rachel French is substituted on for Thurrock Ladies
43:00 Sub Off
Tamara Nichols is substituted off for Thurrock Ladies
41:00 Penalty Try
Penalty try awarded to Thurrock Ladies
End of period 1
32:00 Sub Off
Rachel French is substituted off for Thurrock Ladies
32:00 Sub On
Tamara Nichols is substituted on for Thurrock Ladies
25:00 Try 12 - 0
Sophie-Jane Tyler scores for Thurrock Ladies
22:00 Sub Off
Tamara Nichols is substituted off for Thurrock Ladies
22:00 Sub On
Rachel French is substituted on for Thurrock Ladies
18:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Georgia Cook kicks a conversion for Thurrock Ladies
17:00 Try 5 - 0
Natalie Smith scores for Thurrock Ladies
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Thurrock Ladies
  • Hove Ladies
  • 0
  • Natalie Smith Try 17:00'
  • Georgia Cook Conversion 18:00'
  • Tamara Nichols Sub Off 22:00'
  • Rachel French Sub On 22:00'
  • Sophie-Jane Tyler Try 25:00'
  • Rachel French Sub Off 32:00'
  • Tamara Nichols Sub On 32:00'
  • Penalty Try 41:00'
  • Rachel French Sub On 43:00'
  • Tamara Nichols Sub Off 43:00'
  • Try 50:00'
  • Penalty Try 60:00'
  • Katie Fenn Sub Off 60:00'
  • Siobahn Longdon-Hughes Sub On 60:00'
  • Mercedes Foy Sub Off 65:00'
  • Leah Dixon Sub On 65:00'
  • Ellie Lawther Sub Off 66:00'
  • Samantha MacDonald Sub On 66:00'
  • Ami Radford Try 68:00'
  • Faye Baker Sub Off 73:00'
  • Faye Picton Sub On 73:00'
  • Georgia Cook Sub Off 73:00'
  • Amiee Shaw Sub On 73:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Thurrock Ladies 14 59
2. Cheltenham Ladies 14 54
3. Henley Ladies 13 36
4. Hove Ladies 14 36
5. Trojans Ladies 14 35
6. Bath Ladies 14 32
7. Blackheath Ladies 14 21

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