A and B sides pull off sweeping victories over Salisbury

Saturday was a successful rugby day for AU and a great starting point to kickoff the season. A side finished 17-0 with tries scored by Maya, Wills and Killah, topped off with two conversion points from Abe. B side finished 20-0, comprised of new rookies making their first appearances on the pitch and a few returners leading the way. Scorers from the B side include Shannon, Abbie, Elena and Glory.

Here’s a recap from head coach, Roly Pratt:

A side: The game plan was simple, but effective; punch, punch, spin and sure enough, 10 minutes in, Maya took a lovely flat pass to break the centers, round the 15, and score under the posts. Abe added the extras for good measure. For the rest of the first half we dominated large portions of the contest but couldn’t cross the line. The half ended and everyone felt we were the better team but just needed to finish.

The second half started differently. Salisbury started to ruck aggressively and we couldn’t get our hands on the ball. Salisbury got the better of that 20 but couldn’t penetrate our fringe defense. Finally our forwards showed back up again and stamped their authority on the game. Our line out was dominant, our scrum pushed a 100lb heavier pack around the field. Our front row played an incredible game all day.
The final quarter  was all AU. Wills scored an opportunistic try, picking up the ball and beating the cover defense. Killer followed her over the line soon after to seal a 17 to 0 victory.

B side: I picked the team, sprinkled in a few seniors and let my rookie pit-bulls off the leash. They proceeded to tear Salisbury to pieces. The forwards and backs played with structure, listened to instructions from the older girls and played with such reckless abandon. They continuously took down much bigger players with text book tackling.

The first 30 mins  was similar to the A side. Our side was clearly better, but a bit frustrated, until Shannon picked up the ball and cruised over the line for a try. At half time I decided to let the rookies run the back line themselves and they went out to play some of the most entertaining rugby of the day. Passing the ball from one side to the other probing the defense and finding the gap.

It was our forward Abbie who had the play of the match as she stormed down the sideline, crossed the try line then cut inside to score under the posts, like a seasoned vet. Elena quickly followed suit with a score in which she was not to be denied. The cherry on top was winger Glory taking the corner on the Salisbury cover defense and scoring in the corner.”

Women of the match include: Our front row AOTimmy and Mac. Not only did they destroy the much bigger Salisbury front 3, but they were so solid in defense all day and a constant menace in attack. Two of them played the full B side as well.

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