Building on what we learned from our first game and implementing the skills we practiced this week into our game play, AUWRFC came out victorious this weekend against VCU, 36-17. Our team worked hard for 80 mins, making open field tackles, winning line outs, capitalizing on quick penalties, and made crisp passes-particularly in the back line.
As great as the A side victory feels, this weekend we were the most impressed with our B side game. Our rookies came out strong, tough and ready to play some awesome rugby. Despite some confusion, as to be expected from new players participating in their first rugby match, our rookies gave it there all and it was incredible to see. We could not be happier to say that the future of AUWRFC is bright.
Although AUWRFC had some good play all around, we had a few of players that stood out this weekend. For the A-side, the Women of the Match are Maggie (forward) and Hannah (back). Maggie was chosen for consistently working hard in getting to the break downs and blowing the other team off the ball and Hannah for leading the backs in strategic and organized game play, excellent tackles and being a strong voice on the pitch. In addition to our A-side players, we also had two rookies get Women of the Match of the B-side game: Guffee (forward) and Grace (back). Guffee made an impact off the bench in the A side game with hard hitting tackles and strong runs, only to step up in the B side game to help lead fellow rookies to victory. Grace had strong runs and natural talent for identifying and attacking holes. She had great hands in the back line and strong support.
With the momentum from this weekend’s victory carrying us into practice before our first matrix match, we will diligently work on improving on our weaknesses and hopefully secure our first matrix win against Georgetown this Saturday!