The RAF Women’s Rugby League Squad travelled to Cropton Road to play Hull Wyke on Thursday night.
Shawn Boatin from Grassroots Rugby Media was there and here is his report and highlights video. GRM is a new venture looking to promote grassroots Rugby so naturally we wanted to team up them as we continue to promote grassroots sport.
The RAF started the game on the offensive, with talented half-backs Courtney Gale and Sophie Osler making good use of gaping holes in the Hull Wyke defence. The halves utilised slick dummies and quick feet which led to a brilliant early try from Winger Courtney Smith.
Despite the slow start, Wyke responded well from the restart, with “mad dog” defending tactics which eventually forced a knock-on ten metres out from the RAF try line. Wyke Vice Captain, Jade Key, scored a fantastic individual effort from the ruck, skipping past would be RAF defenders to bring both sides level on tries scored.
Woman of the match Alice Fisher, set the foundations for the RAF Ladies, punching holes in the defensive line with strong, powerful runs. The RAF completed their set with loose forward Katie Coen cleverly making room for Courtney Smith to score her second try of the evening.
The RAF pack defended well and forced the errors. Sophie Gale created a gap for herself with a clever dummy to score try number 3 for the RAF just before half time.
Trailing by 2 tries, Hull Wyke started the second half like a team possessed. The forwards made crucial tackles leading to two quick tries scored by Ruby Magson and Natalina Romano making the score 16-12, The RAF with a slender lead. Wyke Scrum-Half Natasha Wood looked to spark a comeback, initiating great runs from Magson and Nayo Cee, but their brave efforts were fruitless due to a solid RAF defence.
The sun began to set late into the second half, but effort levels from Kim Williams (RAF) remained consistent, as she spread the ball long to Courtney Smith who completed her hat-trick with a superb try.
Final score 22-12. The RAF beat Hull Wyke ladies for the first time ever!
See below for the GRM highlights video from the match!
Hull Wyke Ladies Squad:
Leanne Baggley, Shannon Ostler , Billie Davies, Evie Malloy, Natasha Wood, Heather Mudd, Lauren Clark, Amy Temperton, Kirsty Cracknel, Davina Richardson, Sara Lynes (c), Jade Key, Ruby Magson, Ebony Baynes, Nayo Cee, Carlo Nolan, Natasha Lister, Natalie Romano .
RAF Womens RL squad:
Nikki Edmonds, Becky Goddard, Linda McLEan, Mahayla Attis, Courtney Smith, Courtney Osler, Sophie Gale, Kirsty Bland, Kim Williams, Stacy Reid, Alice Fisher, Amy Theobald, Katie Coen, Jo Drew, Gabi Hignett, Loz King, Kirsty O’ Brien.