Having not played a game since before Christmas, Murrayfield Wanderers Ladies team might have expected to be a little rusty. Add to this the fact that they were missing 5 players, including 3 front-five forwards due to a National Squad training weekend, and an away game against the streetwise and physical GHA seems fairly unappealing.Having not played a game since before Christmas, Murrayfield Wanderers Ladies team might have expected to be a little rusty. Add to this the fact that they were missing 5 players, including 3 front-five forwards due to a National Squad training weekend, and an away game against the streetwise and physical GHA seems fairly unappealing.
However, despite having missed several games due to weather or lack of opposition numbers, the Wandies managed to chalk up 15 tries in a 93-0 victory in Glasgow.
New recruit Linda, playing on the wing, opened the scoring, and went on to score a further two tries with her strong running. Usual suspect Charlie also grabbed three tries, as well as cameo back-rower Rimski and the Shepster.
Jennifer ???Mother of two??™ Cram had a stormer in the second row, not her usual position, and nearly scored a well deserved try. (She also looked quite menacing in her scrumcap??¦I hope baby Sophie wasn??™t watching). Katy Green and Randy Ruth also played very well, with Ruthie stealing ball left right and centre and even snaking over for a try, and Katy just being held up by the big GHA forwards (or maybe backs??)
Laura Steven had a few cheeky show-and-goes and was rewarded with two tries- with the talent boasted on the Wandies team at the moment, forwards and backs, those away on International duty may struggle to get back in!
Lisa ???Shorty??™ Martin also impressed on her debut at stand-off. Completing an exciting half-back partnership with Gilly, she made several breaks and looked at home bossing the back line (no surprise there then!).
Gilly boosted the score by knocking over 9 conversions, and was among many in the team who would no doubt have impressed Scotland selectors with her performance.
The Wandies backs also showed their versatility with Gilly and Jenni Miller alternating between scrum half and full-back in the absence of Lynsey Harleybucks.
All in all, sexy rugby from 1 to 17 (Wandies even managing to have two subs, on a weekend where other less-well recruited teams struggled to field a starting 15). GHA continued to put in big hits til the end, but even their biggest tacklers could not prevent the free-flowing rugby of the visitors
The last word should probably go to the hosts, who were heard to mutter, as Shep dived over for the last try of the game; ???I can??™t believe we let that (word for male chicken rhyming with rock) score the last points of the game.???
Way to go Wandies Way to go!!
Picture - Shep scoring that last try of the game, for more pictures go to www.klickimages.co.uk