Cambridge women’s rugby fight back to defeat Bridgnorth Ladies

Beth Price 23 January 2014

After a slow start, the women’s rugby Blues fought back brilliantly to secure a 27-12 victory over Bridgnorth Ladies. The visitors dominated the start by scoring two tries and converting one in the first twenty minutes of play. This left Cambridge struggling to break the opposition’s defence. However, the Cambridge women weathered the storm and were ultimately the better team as the match wore on.

Cambridge relied on their backs to provide the breaks in response to the early Bridgnorth pressure that left them trailing 12-0. Tia Knight and Sian McGuinness were unlucky not to score. Nonetheless, Bryony Coombs made an excellent break from the halfway line to score. With a missed conversion Cambridge brought the score to 5-12 and they were only starting to gain momentum.

Sian McGuinness could not score from her run following some excellent flooding in the midfield. However, Cambridge kept the pressure on with Molly Byrne scoring, reducing the deficit to 10-12 at half time.

After a Bridgnorth kick off, Cambridge remained dominant in the second half as their stamina and technical skills paid off. After a fantastic initial break which ended close to the try line, Helen Lambert scored and put the home side in front. This was shortly followed by Charlotte Frost, who increased Cambridge’s lead to 20-12. The Blues kept the pressure on Bridgnorth but were unable to convert that into points, with Tia Knight being denied a try directly under the posts.

After a number of Cambridge substitutions, Bridgnorth mounted a brief fight back. It took an excellent tackle from fullback Devan Kreisberg to prevent another Bridgnorth try. Cambridge then took a quick penalty on their 22, with Sian McGuinness converting her own try to secure the victory 27-12.

As preparation for the Varsity match continues, this was a solid and well-deserved victory for the home team. Cambridge next play Coalville Ladies in the following week.