UNIVERSITY OF YORK WOMEN 0 – 48 UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER WOMEN
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An injury ravaged York outfit were comprehensively dismantled by a powerful Lancaster side that ran in eight tries to none. The performance rounded off a successful weekend’s work for Lancaster women’s rugby team after victories in the sevens on Friday.
York were missing, for a variety of reasons, over half a dozen first team players and it showed in the tight five where they were outmuscled throughout. The opening exchanges however gave little indication towards the extremely one-sided outcome of this contest as York started brightly, and for the first ten minutes looked the slightly more composed and threatening with ball in hand.
This illusion was short-lived however as the visiting team shook off their rustiness on the twentieth minute with an outstanding team score, a searing break from the outside centre, who finished with a personal tally of two tries and several assists made 50 metres from her own 22, when the ball was recycled it was swept wide through many hands to find the winger, who with plenty still to do, cut inside and powered through to score.
This touchdown kick started a purple patch for the women in Red who with seemingly every other attack of the half crossed the host’s whitewash, tormentors in chief were Lancaster’s outstanding centre pairing and the full back who all had consistently far too much gas on the outside for the covering defence and all contributed with tries. With every score York were growing more and more despondent and were relieved when the half –time whistle blew the score at 36-0 and the game effectively over.
The second period was a far more even contest as Lancaster emptied their bench and as a result were more disjointed, however York showed real guts to come back fighting and were far more competitive in contact and at the breakdown. They also began to express themselves more with ball in hand and were pressing hard on the try line towards the end but were denied a consolation score as the ball was turned over hacked clear and re-gathered by Lancaster’s outside centre who put her team mate over in the corner in the dying seconds. Rugby can be a cruel game sometimes.