St Andrews Women’s 1st XV 27-12 Dundee Women’s 1st XV

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Last time we played Dundee, the game ended up with a very tight victory from the Saints 7-5 in the last minute of the game. Therefore, we knew from the onset that this game would not be a walk in the park.

In the 10 first minutes of the match, Dundee kept pressuring us and we were constantly pushed into our half of the pitch. It took us a bit of time to settle down and get organized but we soon got reenergized by a first try from our winger no 11, Comfort Ogbonnaya that brilliantly beat the opposition’s full back with the support from no.15 Emma Lunney!

Our new players stuck in the game very quickly and some big hits from our blindside flanker Dawnyshia Griffin well supported by the rest of the team allowed us to regain possession. With the help of Cat Syme (no 8) and Imogen Hooper’s (no 2)  pick and goes combined with some good offloads in our back line, we made it into their 10 meter zone and our outside centre India Roche went for the try.

We got very close to their try line again thanks to no. 10 Rebecca Thompson’s break through and her offload to no. 12 Agnes Chauvet, but a penalty awarded to Dundee allowed their no 12 kick the ball into touch and to be awarded a line out at half way. We gave away a couple of other penalties that enabled the opposition to make it to our half of the pitch again. We soon were defending on our try line and all our efforts were not enough to stop Lucy Moore from scoring a try.

In the second half Rebecca Thompson took the kick which was very well chased by the team. A penalty in our favor allowed Cat Syme, our man of the match, to drive through the opposition’s defense. She was only stopped a couple of meters away from their try line, which enable Imogen Hooper to pick the ball and score our 3rd try. A fourth try was soon to follow. In fact, after the kick we pressured Dundee back to their try line, they managed to turn over the ball but clumsily kicked it in the middle of the field. Agnes Chauvet luckily caught the high ball, managed to avoid a couple of tackles and scored under the post. However Dundee, pressured us very well. We knocked the ball a couple of time and their strong scums as well as the penalties we gave away enabled the to push us back to our try line and score a last try.

Finally, a great running line from our full back Emma Lunney disorganized Dundee’s defensive line and created space for India Roche which beat the last defender and scored her second try.

We suffered quite a few injuries during the game (Lanita Gutieva, Lauren Ball, and Hannah Mercer), and still have things to improve on, however we managed to work well as a team and our 10 new girls (no 1. Fiona Cooper, no 5 Lauren Ball, no 6 Dawnyshia Griffin, no 7 Beth McInnes, no 14 Hannah Mercer, no 18 Charlotte Sadler, no 19. Nathalie Becker, no 20. Kate Saunders, no 21 Jade Porthault, no 22 Myrtille Génot), for most new to the sport, stepped up brilliantly! It is a great and promising start to our BUCS season!

Dundee 2014

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St Andrews retain the Scottish Varsity match

The University of St Andrews Men’s 1st XV claimed the Scottish Varsity title for the second consecutive year, when they defeated old rivals Edinburgh University, 17-12, at the home of London Scottish, Richmond Athletic Ground.

Scottish Varsity Match 2014

The contest marked the 143rd anniversary of the world’s oldest University rugby match, and was the first year in which women’s rugby has been highlighted in the form of a seven-a-side match during half time of the main event. The St Andrews women’s team were beaten by a more experienced Edinburgh side 26-0.

Women's Varsity 7s

David Ross, Director of Rugby

“I’m delighted with the [men’s] victory against a very strong and big Edinburgh team. The spirit and determination of the squad was outstanding and the players were a credit to the university in their performance.

“The girls showed great heart and will have learned a huge amount about themselves and the top level environment against one of the best women’s rugby teams in the UK.”

For video highlights of the match, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJT8Nmmrfes&feature=youtu.be

http://www.scottishrugby.org/news/14/10/02/st-andrews-claim-riches-richmond

http://inattheside.com/st-andrews-retain-scottish-varsity-title/