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ROSES 2015: York Women’s Rugby Roses Whitewash

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UYWRUFC complete a third year of Roses with a result of a three from three whitewash against Lancaster. The York side has built year on year to claim the full 7 points available to women’s rugby, with York putting in serious preparation after a difficult season.

The Roses weekend started off strong for UYWRUFC with wins in both VIIs matches against a decent Lancaster opposition. Beginning with VII 2nds, York made the most of the unimaginative Lancaster attack by defending hard and winning turn over ball. Particularly strong play from Brymer rallied the York attack and some excellent wide play enabled wingers Suleman and Benjamin to convert the efforts into points. Lancaster responded in force and good backs play led to two tries, however the York side remained dominant and Imbert used this to her advantage giving York the lead. With no conversions, the game ended 15-10 to Black and Gold, a fantastic result for a team predominately brand new to rugby this year.

With one victory in hand, the question remained as to whether the more experienced York VII 1st team could repeat their success from Roses 2014. This question was definitively answered by Carter and a barrage of tries. Supported excellently by a strong and confident York side, Carter was able to put a hat-trick behind the Lancaster defence before the first half was through, with Lancaster unable to respond. Possession remained solidly York’s throughout both halves, particularly due to the rucking efforts of Best and Captain Kimbugwe. Lancaster eventually broke directly through the middle of the York defence, scoring once directly under the posts and converting, and secondly in the closing moments of the game. However Carter’s efforts were simply too much to handle, with a fourth and final try in the second half converted by Giles. The whistle blew at 22-12 to York and both teams finished Friday knowing the 15s was still anyone’s for the taking.

Saturday saw very different match conditions, despite this UYWRUFC maintained a dominance throughout the 80 minutes XVs game, culminating in a 25-10 victory and the completion of the whitewash. From kick off it was evident that the Lancaster side were determined to make up for the previous results. The first 10 minutes were played almost entirely within York’s half and Lancaster delivered some big runs. However, with a formidable defensive effort York turned the game around and maintained a lead throughout, starting with a well-earned try from Brymer.Roses2015 rugby review penalty

Consistent support play and and intelligent use of penalties gave the York side a decisive edge over the Red Rose. Massey, Best and Staples powered through the Lancastrian defence and Captain Kimbugwe’s momentum, and Flyhalf Giles’ boot, made the most of Lancastrian mishaps. As with the previous day, Lancaster had a late bursts of energy and ran in tries in the closing moments of both the first and second halves, but this only served to intensify York’s efforts. Carter made her 5th and 6th try scoring appearances of the weekend within the game and Kimbugwe followed this with two of her own. Lancaster were a worthy opponent but York remained unrelenting and determined, securing the game at 25-10.

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UYWRUFC Roses Squads

VII 1st

1. Thulani Kimbugwe (C)
2. Gemma Deed
3. Louise Best
4. Juliette Carter
5. Harriet Giles
6. Mollie Staples
7. Megan Hull-Steward
8. Samantha Crichton
9. Katie Layley
10. Sarah Thalayasingam

VII 2nd
1. Serena Brymer
2. Lottie Massey
3. Danielle Dalley
4. Lottie Vong (C)
5. Emma Imbert
6. Bri Kilpatrick
7. Salma Suleman
8. Tamara Benjamin
9. Lucy Wilkinson
10. Edith Sandström

1. Laura-Beau Bannister
2. Lottie Massey
3. Louise Best
4. Isabel Welby
5. Gráinne Daly
6. Serena Brymer
7. Juliette Carter
8. Thulani Kimbugwe (C)
9. Samantha Crichton
10. Harriet Giles
11. Katie Layley
12. Mollie Staples
13. Lottie Vong
14. Salma Suleman
15. Emma Imbert
16. Sarah Thalayasingam
17. Lara Grace Turner
18. Gemma Deed
19. Tamara Benjamin
20. Sophie Penny
21. Megan Hull-Steward
22. Bri Kilpatrick


Picture credit Sophie Penny Photography