A Moment Like This..

After defeating Hillhead Jordanhill 35-8 in the SWRU Sarah Beaney Cup semi-final, Murrayfield Wanderers will now take on Edinburgh rivals Royal High Corstorphine in a re-run of last year's Cup Final on 3 May.After defeating Hillhead Jordanhill 35-8 in the SWRU Sarah Beaney Cup semi-final, Murrayfield Wanderers will now take on Edinburgh rivals Royal High Corstorphine in a re-run of last year's Cup Final on 3 May.

The tie looked set to be a bruising encounter, with Murrayfield Wanderers just sneaking a last minute win 7-3 the last time the teams met.

The home team started strongly, winning a penalty and kicking into opposition territory. However the visitors disrupted the line-out and play soon moved back down to the other end of the field. After some strong defence, Wanderers recovered the ball, and reached the opposition 22 once more. Scrum half Gilly passed the ball blind from a solid Wandies scrum, allowing Zulfi to draw the defence and feed Harley to score in the corner. Conversion missed. 5-0

The Wanderers forwards continued to show aggression in both attack and defence, with Amy Rennie, Beth Dickens and Sarah Quick at the heart of the efforts. This allowed the Wanderers backs to move the ball along the line, with stand-off Lisa 'Softie' Martin orchestrating her back-line exquisitely. Wandies second try was scored by full back Zulfi after some good interplay between backs and forwards.

Two more tries followed in the first half, with Wanderers defending fiercely and stealing possession from the visitors on a number of occasions, mainly thanks to the Beattie and Ruthie. Scores for Steve and Zulfi took the home side's score to 20, with Hillhead prop Kerry McFadzean slotting a penalty for the visitors. However the highlight of the first half was Shorty/Softie's "hit of the day" on HRL Heather Lockhart, which prevented a certain try for Hillhead.

Half-time 20-3

The second half saw Hillhead up their game, putting Wandies under pressure and forcing a few errors. The Glasgow team's big runners Susie Brown and Joan Hutchison made inroads into the Wanderers defence, only being stopped by some vital tackles from Shank the tank and Lana 'And it was all Yellow' Blyth.

Both teams were evenly matched for the first ten minutes, with neither team managing to score. The deadlock was broken when Shorty, Shep and Katy Green combined in a lovely double-switch move, the Green Machine cutting straight through to score. Perhaps a slight exaggeration by Tangerine-drama-queen Steve in describing it as 'Try of the Century', but it was very pretty nonetheless!

Not to be outdone, Hillhead hit back with a try through Joan Hutchison, to bring the score to 25-8. Wanderes kept the pressure on, with youngsters Wee Heather and Shona 'Chabal' Peacock defending strongly in the back row and looking lively with the ball in hand. Two further Wanderers scores followed to close the game out, with Harley finding her pace and skinning the opposition wingers in the process.

Special mention must also go to Lana 'Windae Licker' Blyth, who got her first (yes, really) yellow card today for the handling in the ruck. Ironically, she had just recently learned the rules in this area, having only made the transition from Handball to Rugby a mere 3 years ago!

Final score 35-8.