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Edinburgh University Ladies dominate away at Loughborough
5am wake up calls and 6am coaches mean only one thing, BUCS away games. With the first away game of the BUCS season it was a shock to the system for some players being up at such an early hour, but some seemed far too awake. Traffic jams and the shutting down of the M1 didn’t help preparations for the game but with kick off postponed 15 minutes it allowed Uni to waken up and get psyched up for a huge game. Since the disappointment of last week’s game vs Leeds Met, Uni were fired up for a physical battle. The game started well with Uni dominating in defence and attack. Some would say a new team than that that started last week. With a new look backline that included Rosalind Murphy in the centre, there were many big runs and breaking of tackles. Loughborough were trapped in their own 22 for most of the first 10 minutes as Uni pressurised in defence and prevented them making any ground. With these big hits came an unfortunate injury to flanker Nikki McLeod having to be taken to hospital with a broken ankle. Riled on by this Uni maintained the pressure and from a scrum the huge efforts paid off with Roz running through various flailing tackles to score. Unfortunately the try was unconverted. With Loughborough sensing the strengths of Uni they quickly changed their centres to try and cope with the hard running lines of both Roz and Alice James at 13 but this change wasn’t as affective as they hoped. Soon after Uni won a lineout in the Loughborough 22 and with a strong drive from the forwards set up the perfect platform for the backs to run some silky moves. With a ‘dummy miss’ pass executed by Lisa ‘Shorty’ Martin and Roz, she ran straight through again to increase the score to 10-0. Uni were understandably euphoric with the score. Loughborough continued to try and threaten the Uni half but big tackles, especially from 6 Steph Ann, and slack passing foiled any real attempts. An interception by Roz in Uni’s half resulted in the newly converted centre running through on her own chased back by the Loughborough wingers, unfortunately the only support she had was the shouts of ‘Run Roz, Run!’ from 10 metres away.
With the second half underway Uni knew that Loughborough would come back strong, and they weren’t wrong. Loughborough began using their forwards and backs more efficiently and began to really threaten the Uni line. Valiant efforts from the forwards on the fringes of the rucks prevented a break through the middle but ill discipline ultimately let Uni down. A quick tap from Loughborough in Uni’s 22 resulted in a score by their winger, bringing the score to 10-5. Uni knew they had to try and reply with another score to make the game out of sight but credit to Loughborough, they fought hard in the tackles and had some great cover defence to prevent Uni going over for a 3rd try. Some great stealing in the rucks allowed for Uni to attempt to clear their lines through the boot of Sarah Nimmo. Putting her body on the line she cleared the danger only to damage her ankle due to the committed tackler. Again, more ill discipline let Uni down and Loughborough capitalised once again with a score out wide. It was beginning to look like a repeat of the last game with Loughborough with it all coming down to the conversion. Many Uni players took to the line to charge down the kick, knowing full well any noise would mean a retake. Thankfully the kick was pushed wide and Uni held onto the game to record a draw away from home. Everyone was delighted with the effort put in, especially by the forwards at the end in retaining possession. This game was a turning point for the Uni BUCS season, with dreams of Twickenham getting ever brighter.
Score: 10-10
Forward of the Match: Laura Dean (2)
Back of the Match: Maddie (9)

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