Three cracking matches made up RBS Women's Finals day at Murrayfield today as Hillhead Jordanhill overcame RHC Cougars in the last minute of the headline final to lift the Sarah Beaney Cup.
The day kicked off at 11am with the Bowl event, contested between Morgan and Glasgow University, on Murrayfield back pitches. The early pressure came from Glasgow as Morgan took time to settle into their stride, winger Caroline Steele crossing for the first score, converted by lock Chelsea Watt.
A yellow card for Morgan captain Sarah Hogwood didn't deter the Tayside attack with two tries from flanker Alana Davidson coming shortly after, the second converted by centre Fiona MacDonald to put Morgan ahead 12-7 at half time.
The pairing scored and converted again early in the second half (19-7); Glasgow replied with an unconverted try from no 8 Jennifer Wallace in the closing minutes to make the final score 19-12 with Morgan lifting the silverware and double try scorer Davidson securing Player of the Match.
Next on the pitch was the Plate final, with
Melrose and Stirling battling for honours. Melrose secured the first three points with a penalty secured by stand-off Nicola Halfpenny who then converted the first try, the result of a scorching run up the line from winger Lauren Harris. The Borderers were 15-0 up midway through the first half when full back Chloe Rollie crossed. Stirling responded with a converted try but Harris was off up the wing again minutes later, the try converted, to put Melrose ahead 22-7 after 25m.
An unconverted try from Stirling was matched by another score from Harris as the half drew to a close, but Stirling closed the gap right on 40m when centre Katrina Roszynski broke wide, the conversion from fellow centre Anna Page making it 27-19 to Melrose at half time.
There was no stopping the pace in the second half as Harris crossed for her fourth and a heavy tackle saw Melrose no 8 Lana Skeldon yellow carded. Though Stirling tired hard to work the player advantage a penalty from Halfpenny widened the gap with the final score 35-19 to Melrose. As the presentations began player of the match, Melrose centre Gillian Inglis, had to leg it to the podium, having raced off to the changing rooms to collect the celebration bubbly for her team!
The weather may have turned chillier but the heat was turned up on the international pitch as the Cup final kicked off. Hillhead Jordanhill and RHC Cougars battled for the honours, RHC going 10-0 up after 25m with two tries from centre Sarah Dixon, an early penalty opportunity rebounding of the posts leading to the first five-pointer.
With all the early pressure from RHC, Hillhead Jordanhill found their feet as the action quickly switched to the other end of the field and prop Heather Lockhart powered across for the try. Minutes later McLean added another five points to level the scores at 10-all.
RHC came out for the second half fired up and quickly slotted a penalty, try and conversion, all courtesy of scrum half Louise Dalgliesh, extended the west's lead to 20-10 after 65m. With eight minutes to go Hillhead Jordanhill crept back into contention with a converted try from scrum half Jenny Taylor, west pressuring east in their own 22 as the clock ticked down.
With less than a minute on the clock, steely determination and sheer guts saw Hillhead centre Megan Gaffney touch down for the winning try, 22-20, to steal the lead and the silverware from their rivals in the east, as Lockhart (below with Scotland team mates Beth Dicken and Sarah Law) was named player of the match.
Event day attendance: 623