Havant Ladies vs Barnes Match Report

Havant v Barnes

Barnes Ladies were welcomed to Hooks Lane for the Ladies second home league fixture of the season. With Barnes yet to play a game and Havant steadily progressing with solid wins; this looked to be a game for Havant to assert their style of play.
With Barnes having only travelled with 12 players, the slimmed down pack and back line took to the pitch for the 3pm kick off.
Immediately the tone of the day was set with a strong run from Kara (11) setting up Jr (10) for the first try of the day. Not to be outdone, Kara soon raced behind the posts for the first of her hat trick of tries. (10-0)
Strong tackles, notably from Tina (4) and good rucking from the forwards was giving the inexperienced Barnes side a tough test up front. Once again freeing up space for Kara and then Asbo (7) to run in two more tries. (20-0)
At this point a good offload from Barnes through the centre, gained them back a converted try minutes before the break. But Havant were not to be set back with Sophie W (13) grabbing herself a try. HT (25-7)
The second half began with the forwards gaining fresh legs through rolling substitutions, with good tactical kicking from Jr enabling Asbo to run in her second score. Shortly after Alice (8) ran in behind the posts for her first ever try, converted by Asbo, showing the Hooks Lane crowd how a summer spent working on her Olympic Shot Put bid had upped her game.
Not wishing to be outdone by the forwards Sophie B (9) set about producing good ball from the breakdowns for her backs to run in 2 more tries: Kara & Josie (15).
Soon after Barnes again made a good break, only to be tackled into touch by Jr, keeping the score at 47-7.
With 9 minutes left to play of the match Havant Ladies captain Sophie Bambridge was injured at a ruck, suffering a badly broken leg. The game was halted here as eventually the ambulance arrived and Sophie made her way to QA hospital, with the Hooks Lane faithful and players applauding her off the pitch.
Forward of the match was Alice for her excellent all round display and maiden try.
Back of the match was Sophie B who once again marshaled her troops and inspired them to play the style of rugby we want to play.
Update: Sophie is now out of hospital although will be out of the game for a week or two. She intends to make a full recovery with the help of the Ladies physio Dale to support her and I know the whole of the club will wish her all the best. Until she is fit Sophie will continue to captain her team from the side-lines.

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