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Your News Chesham Women 54 - Hammersmith & Fulham Women 5

With Chesham Women finally managing to pull a together a squad that not only matched numbers but had subs, it wasnt only the sun that brightened up the supporters day on Sunday. Even so, with several key experienced players missing due to injury, and a number of players out of position, the Stagettes knew that it wasnt going to be an easy ride against tough opposition.

Hammersmith and Fulham scored very early on in the game with one of their forwards punching through the Chesham defence and stretching for the try line. Head Coach and England Womens International Rocky Clark was on hand to remind the home side of their defensive drills. The Stagettes went back determined to push up fast and together in defence. The Hammers, however, had other ideas; they broke through the Chesham defence to score several tries, despite a strong defensive line. With the pressure telling the visitors were also able to secure three points from a penalty and pushed well in front.

It was Jane Morris, Chesham Womens top try scorer, who gave the Stagettes a ray of hope. Playing out of position at outside centre, Morris added a neat hand-off and some tidy side-steps to her trademark pace to break through and score a try for the home side. The line-outs and scrums had proven very effective in the first half but changes would need to be made at half time.

Although the Stagettes were well behind at the break, they were not discouraged and were reminded by both Coach and Captain that playing rugby together is fun, even if the win is not secured. With this in mind, and taking some positives from the first-half, Chesham prepared for the final forty minutes of the game. Despite losing Charlotte Parry, who had been playing with strength at No.8, to illness, Chesham were able to retain a solid pack by introducing Katie Darvell at flanker and moving Nikitta Flynn to the base of the scrum.

The first twenty minutes of the second half saw a determined Chesham side defend well, with no tries scored by either side. Several try-saving tackles were made by a Chesham team who were determined not to give in to a powerful opposition. However, the last twenty minutes went the visitors way with their giant sized lock breaking through a number of tackles to score a couple of tries. Valiant efforts were made in defence, but the Hammers proved to be too much for the largely inexperienced and out-of-position Chesham side.

The score ended 5-54, but Chesham ladies can take many positives from this match; Tackling has improved, the scrum was excellent, and the teams defensive training has really been taken on board. With over half the team having joined at the start of the season, many of whom had never played rugby before, Chesham Women can be proud that they put in 100% effort and they look forward to growing in confidence as the season progresses.

One such new recruit was named Forward of the Match, Kim ****, who was playing her first game for Chesham, was excellent all over the field. She worked hard at the ruck, carried the ball well, and won some excellent lineout ball. Back of the Match was named as Rebecca Watts who took on the fly-half shirt from her normal position at full-back. Watts made great use of the space by running the game effectively and using her strong kicking game to give the side confidence, despite being out of position herself.

In the weeks to come, Chesham Women will continue to take advantage of their strong recruiting, and as they become used to the competitiveness of their league they will only improve.

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