Women’s rugby juggernaut unstoppable

Talia Gershon 29 January 2010

Rugby Union: Women’s Blues 29 Birmingham 0

On Wednesday, the Blues took on one of their toughest opponents yet, recently relegated Birmingham Uni who stepped onto the pitch with a high level of physicality, ready for a hard match.

A couple of good off-loads on the wing and good decision-making from the Cambridge backs gave way to two early tries for Cambridge winger, Hazel Chimer, each of which made Birmingham come back with yet more intensity.

A solid Birmingham defensive line made set pieces difficult for the backs, as the defending line was full of forwards.

However, some strong picking-and-going from the Cambridge pack successfully drew these girls in to create more opportunities for the backs to run some moves.

Messy conditions made it even more difficult for the Blues to maintain control of the game, but with nearly all of the possession in the first half, the Blues managed to score two more tries, one from captain, second-row Talia Gershon and one from fly half, Anne Venner, who beautifully ran through a gap in the defensive line only ten metres out from the try zone.

The second half was more difficult for the Blues. The Birmingham defence was relentless, and both sides were working extremely hard. One final try was scored by Cambridge prop, Claire Byrne, from a ru around the side of a ruck to secure the team a 29-0 defeat.

The sheer effort and intensity on the pitch today made this game close and exciting. This win was one of the hardest of the season for the Blues, but surely one of the most rewarding. Two of the tries were converted by full back, Kate Robson, whose cover tackles saved the team from several breakaway runs.

Talia Gershon