Biggleswade Ladies win 50-0 at home17th April 2018
Biggleswade Ladies 50 – 0 Fullerians (Friendly)
Biggleswade Ladies switched on and stepped up in front of home supporters on Sunday and their impressive performance deservedly earned them their best result of the season.
Two weeks ago, Fullerians – in a mix and match game involving several clubs – had beaten Biggleswade in the mud, and Biggy were determined to give a better account of themselves in this fixture.
Hard work and good numbers at recent training sessions were a key factor in Sunday’s result, with Biggleswade being well prepared for the game.
Sunny conditions meant that handling was hugely improved, allowing Biggleswade’s backs to bring some their training moves to fruition on the pitch.
Communication was better, and set pieces, the defensive line press, and forward pods were far more organised. Biggy were starting to play ‘heads up’ rugby, looking for the space and identifying the overlaps.
A few crunching first tackles from Biggleswade set the tone for the game, and winger Anna Kolańczyk opened the score, running in for a try in the first five minutes.
Captain and fly half Charlie Field got the team’s second try following some great linking play from the backs after a secure Biggy lineout.
Biggleswade spent the vast majority of the game in Fullerians’ half, making it difficult for the opposition to make it through the gain line, but the home side still had to be on their toes: a breakaway from Fullerians looked like a certain score before Holly Crawford, playing at full back, made a great one-on-one tackle to halt the runner.
This spurred Biggy on, and some strong forward play and ball carrying led to Charlie Field’s second try and Biggy’s third.
Biggleswade lent Fullerians a couple of their players for the game, which meant that the biggest cheer of the day was for a Biggy forward initially wearing a Fullers’ shirt: Sophie Earls, running out for her first ever game of rugby after an unlucky ankle break just two weeks before the team’s first ever friendly back in October had put her out of action for months. The hours she spent watching from the sidelines at training sessions stood her in good stead – she slotted in to the game like a far more experienced player and held no quarter, putting in some big hits.
Biggleswade didn’t ease off the pressure in the second half, with Charlie Field completing a hat-trick of tries with an excellent breakaway, quickly followed by a try from Holly Crawford, who ran through to score after taking full advantage of a gap in the Fullerians’ defence when they missed a tackle on her
Lock Claire Watson had another immense game, creating space by drawing in forwards with her powerful carries. No 8 Amy Schiller was also at her battling best, adding to the scoreboard with a trademark storming run through the middle.
Some real speed was added to the attack when new Biggy player Kat Miles (in her first ever game of contact rugby) looped back in a quick move to find space on the outside and put her foot on the gas to motor across the try line.
Biggleswade’s final try involved the whole team. A good line out got the ball out to the backs, who passed it wide along the line. Anna Kolańczyk took it in to contact just short of the overlap, but quick recycling led to winger Ellie Reeve running round the outside and across behind the try line to ground it right between the posts.
Charlie Field’s five successful conversions from eight attempts meant that the final score was a satisfying 50-0.
Thanks to Fullerians who played with great heart and commitment right up until the final whistle.
Forward of the match was Sophie Earls for a huge first game.
Back of the match was Holly Crawford for a great performance at full back.
Report photos courtesy of David Kay
Cover photo courtesy of Tom Frost
Biggleswade Ladies hold training sessions on Mondays and Fridays between 7.15pm and 9pm at Biggleswade Rugby Club on Langford Road. It’s free to try – click on the link to find out more: http://biggleswadeladiesrugby.co.uk