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Woodbridge Amazons 51- 0 Cambridge

On a perfect day for rugby Cambridge faced a Woodbridge side eager for a win.
From the kick off it was clear that the home teams quick line speed was going to force Cambridge to play a forwards game. The 1st of 9 trys came from Em Johnson on the wing. Louise Rickard collected the restart and Cambridge found themselves defending hard with Vicky Watts at 8 and Pauline Mckiernan running strong supporting lines with Mckiernan repeatedly making strong breaks but a lack of support saw Woodbridge unable to capitalise on ground made. A dogged attack up the wing by the Amazons backs saw Johnson claim her 2nd try.
Woodbridge made several breaks down the wing but the wealth of new players in the back line saw players out of position and again the likes of Johnson and Brickley-Moore were left stranded.
The 3rd try came in the 25h minute as Woodbridge turned a ruck over and scrum half Morven McAlpine made a break down the wing and put Rebecca Barker in to space to cross the line.
With 2nd row Zyanya Brooks throwing herself in to tackles and disrupting the forwards Cambridge switched to some back play which resulted in an interception and a 50m sprint by Louise Rickard with a converted try by Hooker Libby Stopard taking the score to 22-0 on the 30th minute.
A steal by Mckiernan saw her take the visitors by surprise as she ran 30m before offloading to Rickard to score a converted try. A misplaced penalty kick by Cambridge saw prop Tor Felstein take on the opposition pack to score the 6th try again converted by Stopard. Felstein had try line fever as she gathered the ball from an offload to take the on the Cambridge wing and score her 2nd try. Brickley- Moore took the chance to show and go from a turned over scrum to add to the amazon tally.
With both packs now tiring several phases of stolen ball from both sides was eventually won by the Amazons for Johnson to claim her hat trick .

Invitation to support EC U20s

EC U20s vs Berkshire Poster 15-Mar-15Dear Club Hon. Sec./Youth Chairman
Eastern Counties U20s are one game away from the National U20s Championship following on from their victory over Northumberland in the quarter finals earlier this month.The semifinal draw and venue has now been confirmed as a home game against  Berkshire Rugby U20s,  this is to be played at Cambridge Rugby’s ground - Volac Park, Granchester Road, Cambridge, CB3 9ED
We would love to see as many supporters as possible attend this game, which kicks off at 2.15pm on Sunday 15th March, so please spread the word in your club.

James & Guy do WRUFC proud

IMG_1588 IMG_1590News from Tim Owen Tim (Proud Father of James and proud Coach of Guy)
Just thought I would share a picture of James & Guy after representing Northampton Saints U14’s in their match versus LAMBS U14. Saints lost 5 tries to 2. Last year LAMBS won 50 nil!

Both teams came with large squads – Saints had a squad of 30 boys and they split them into 2 teams, each playing a 20 minute session, with the last session being for the strongest players of the day.

Both James and Guy played in the last session, where Saints beat Lambs 2 tries to 1.

A creditable day for both boys, a creditable day for the Club, as we were 2 out of only 5 boys picked from Suffolk/Cambridge and North Essex to play, with the other 25 boys selected coming from Northamptonshire.

Amazons 12- 7 Wymondham

On a sunny and blustery day Woodbridge welcomed Wymondham, to Hatchley Barn for what was the home teams 1st game in 12 weeks.

The Amazons lack of game time showed from the start as they were unable to capitalize on receiving the kick, allowing an eager Wymondham team to keep the home team pinned in their own half. Woodbridge were awarded the 1st of many scrums from a knock on and with the packs evenly matched hooker, Libby Stopard had to be quick to win the ball. Claire Brickley-Moore at 10 repeatedly fed the ball to the pack and Woodbridge were finally awarded a penalty due to continuous off side infringements by the away team. 12 weeks of no games were clearly showing as Woodbridge were clearly disjointed and unable to control the game, spending the 1st 20 minutess defending hard against the forward dominant visiting side and the backs unable to break the gain line.The 1st break came with Brickley-Moore kicking the ball into the opposition half, and some hard rucking saw Woodbridge retain the ball only for a handling error to see it go back to Wymondham. The 1st big run of the day came from prop Tor Felstein, taking the ball through the Wymondham pack, Wymondham countered but a wild clearing kick saw the ball gathered by Anna Dewberry who took it back up the pitch but Woodbridge were once again pushed off the ball, and found themselves defending again. The 35th minute saw a serious of phases accumulate in a try for Em Johnson, dodging 3 opposition to score an unconverted try. Despite some hard running from Jenny Frost and Pauline Mckiernan a Wymondham scrum saw their 8 running some good support lines to score a converted try. The 2nd half saw a renewed Amazons presence on the pitch. Some hard tackling and attacking runs from Jess Delaney, playing her 1st senior womens game, tested the Wymondham backs and several phases of back play saw the ball passed out to Johnson who put Rebecca Barker in to space to sprint 30m to score in her 1st game for the Amazons. With the final points converted by Stacey Robinson, the Amazons claimed the win. Coach Jez Hannon said ” we clearly have a lot to work on but the number of new players that acquitted themselves on the pitch today shows how much potential the squad has.” Amazons play Cambridge at Hatchly Barn this Sunday.

Thanks to Paul Leech for Match report and photos

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Woodbridge Warriors 1XV 26 — 39 Mersea

Battling Woodbridge misses out in Mersea Island clash EADT 24_2_15-2

Multiple handling errors gave a stop-start feel to the game’s opening. Mersea’s dominance in the scrum was evident early, allowing them to draw first blood with Dave Murrell bulldozing himself over the line to score following a five metre scrum. The visitors kept momentum, scoring again through Sydenham Drummond just five minutes later, despite a heroic try-saving tackle from Woodbridge’s Taff Lloyd just moments before. Woodbridge finally muscled their way onto the scoreboard when Jono Cooke single-handily finished 22 metres through numerous defending players to score; JP Hart converted. The visitors wasted no time in response. Progressive play up the field resulted in Matt White crossing the line to extend the lead; Jon Williams added the conversion. Woodbridge were weakened further with Lloyd being shown a yellow card for repeated rucking infringements; this gave the hosts a one-man disadvantage with five minutes remaining. Mersea scored through Tom Knifton to finish the half 22-7 ahead.

The hosts started the second half poorly. The first five minutes saw a try a piece for Jordan Day and Matt Rose, which gave Mersea a commanding 34-7 lead. Refusing to be disregarded, Woodbridge caught a break in the 50th minute from a remarkable solo-try from James Gilbert. Woodbridge were driven forward by the rousing home crowd, and scored after 15 minutes of deadlock with a try by Adam Plummer. Hopes of a comeback were further fuelled when Luke Garnham crossed the line to limit the deficit to eight points with ten minutes to play. However, such promise was stamped out when Mersea’s Knifton scored his second to secure a 39-26 victory.

Despite defeat, Woodbridge’s four tries earned them a deserved bonus-point. Whatever their allegiance, the spectators were treated to an excellent game of rugby; try-tally 11!

Thanks to Ali Draper for photos and pictures

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O2 Touch sign up here

touchrugbyO2 touch is on it’s way! The training and practice sessions are up on our page. Just click on the picture to sign up ladies and gents.

Mike welcomed back to Welford Road

On 31 Jan WRUFC Honorary Life President Mike Lubbock (accompanied by Adam) went to the Leicester v Northampton LV Cup match and was (quite rightly) treated as a Guest of Honour including a mention in the programme. They were met by Steve Kenney also an old Tigers scrumhalf (365 appearances, 1975-90). Steve took Mike to the President’s Box and introduced him to Dusty Hare, Paul Dodge, Peter Toms, Peter Wheeler and others. Tigers did not disappoint with a win over Northampton.

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Tigers Ladies Day

Leicester Tigers Ladies DayAccording to the bloke from the Tigers “This is the one game of the season in which we dedicate a day for all Ladies to descend on Welford Road! Last year we had over 300 Ladies from various sporting teams come for the day to cheer the lads in tight shorts and have a merry old time in the process! We would love to make this day bigger than last year, especially as it has been such a big year for women’s sport and rugby, so anything you can do to pass the message round, would be great.”