With the Men’s Team having won their League 24 hours previously, the Broughton Women were out to consolidate second place in the National League at the very first time of asking.
Scotland’s newest Women’s Rugby Team, who have recruited many new players over the last 12 months who had never played the game before, welcomed Madras Saints to Wardie for a game twice postponed previously. For the spectators, this appeared to be a blessing in disguise as they were treated to a six try extravaganza in the summer sun.
Broughton played up the Wardie slope in the first half and they took a well deserved 11th minute lead. The Referee penalised the Madras backs for being offside and quick thinking by the Eisner saw the Canadian take the quick tap catching Madras off guard and when Greer found herself in space, she unselfishly put Maggie Smith in for a try in the corner. 5-0.
Despite having the slope advantage, Madras failed to break through the well marshalled Broughton defence for the entire half, opting to kick over the top on most occasions.
Half Time Broughton 5-0 Madras Saints
As can often be the case at Wardie, the gradient on the pitch can prove to be a help and a hinderance. For Madras, they failed to capitalise in the opening half and with no substitutes on the touch line to interchange due to availability issues, it was always going to be a tough 40 minutes in the heat.
The second try of the day came in the 46th minute when Maggie Smith went for a run but was double tackled 10 metres out. The ball came to McVie who popped the ball back inside for Greer to literally fall over from one metre out. 10-0. Laing converted the conversion. 12-0.
McVie turned provider to finisher in the 64th minute after Callaghan and Smith combined to stretch the Madras defence to allow McVie the simplest of tasks to score in the corner. 17-0.
It was all one way from here as the tired Madras team, who tackled til the end, simply wilted in the sunshine, and in the 70th minute, Birt got in on the action, scoring a well worked try. Laing made good ground inside the 22 and her pass allowed Birt to use her strength to shake off a handful of Madras players to get over the line. 22-0.
The best try of the day came with a few minutes to go when Maggie Smith collected the ball on her own 22 and she pinned back her ears and ran in under the posts for a tremendous lung-busting individual try. 27-0.
The icing on the cake came on the final whistle when Eisner got on the end of an offload yards out from the Madras line and she obliged by scoring the last try of the day.
Full Time: Broughton 32 – 0 Madras Saints