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Southwold Swallows Ladies
Bury St Edmunds Ladies
Sun 6 Jan 14:00 - RFUW Championship - Women's NC East 1 Full time

Foxes make it 8 from 8 beating Southwold 51-0

Finishing a great weekend for the club to remain top.


The Foxes travelled to Southwold for a game where the weather may have been mild but the competition was anything but.

Bury received the ball from the kick off and immediately showed their pace by promptly passed through the hands to winger Robyn Gordon who raced down the wing to score the 1st of her 4 tries. Southwold were quick to come back, Rianna Lees at 9 controlling sustained attacks from the home teams pack but a spilt ball saw Bury quickly capitalise and Gordon was away for her 2nd. From the restart Southwold ploughed up the pitch and were awarded a penalty in dangerous territory from a deliberate knock on. But the Bury defence held fast and despite the absence of 4 regular props, the ensuing scrum remained strong for captain Georgie Palmer pick and go, drawing the defence for Em Gattlin and Gordon to stretch their legs allowing Gordon to convert her hattrick try. The final 15 minutes of the half saw both sides reply to each other blow by blow but it was Southwold advancing up the pitch. Despite the constant barrage of hits the ever-resourceful Foxes turned the ball over and after a hard fought battle on the swallows 5m line, Bury were finally able to ship the ball out via Lucy kerr for Emily Ahern to cross the line on the half time whistle. 22-0.

With the Swallows now making every metre count and the Foxes looking for their bonus point, the pressure was showing with both teams giving away basic penalty blunders. With the home teams defence a solid wall, Elina Rougier took control placing the ball behind Southwolds defence for the wings to chase but it was flanker Chantelle higgins who got the chance to balance out her ferocious defence with a scything run to score under the posts for Gordon to convert. With the Swallows securing the breakdowns, Burys frustration showed as they gave away another penalty for coming in at the side. However, a quick turnover saw the West Suffolk side turn the tables and race away for Abigale Kegge to score. Using aggressive angles at lighting pace, Southwold were finally able to create space and spilt the foxes, bullying their way in to Burys 22m but Lucy kerr, who’s safe hands were pivotal through out the match halted their attack with a superb one on one steal. The next phase saw Gattlin pounce on a spilled ball and brush off 3 defenders to score under the posts. The last play of the game saw a scum awarded to the visitors on the defences 22m. Bury flowed the ball through the hands of the backs for Gatlin to score the last try on the match. 51-0.

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League round up

Other Women's NC East 1 results

To be arranged 8
West Norfolk Ladies
Woodbridge Ladies

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Bury St Edmunds Ladies 8 40
2. Southwold Swallows Ladies 7 19
3. Stanford Le Hope Ladies 3 10
4. West Norfolk Ladies 2 6
5. Chelmsford Ladies 3 3
6. Lakenham Hewett Ladies 3 3
7. Woodbridge Ladies 2 2

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