First Hove played Horsham who made an impressive start, scoring very quickly. Strong play from both sides followed with a run from Keira which led to an equaliser. The next Hove try was finished by Keira but was made by the whole team. Phoebe was unlucky not to score following a fantastic run where she left the defence for dust but her foot strayed into touch as she put the ball down. Hove led 2-1 at half time.
The two sides were clearly very evenly matched with plenty of quality attack and defence from both sides. Both Sissy and Lois scored but Horsham scored twice too, with the match finishing 4-3 to Hove. The result could have been more emphatic for Hove if all the ‘almost tries’ had come off. It could also have ended up with heavy defeat without great defence from the whole team, particularly some devastating tackles from Tilly.
Next Hove took on Wimbledon who were an extremely well drilled and determined team. In many ways the teams seemed fairly evenly matched. The biggest difference was Wimbledon’s greater urgency and clinical approach to rucking. They ran in try after try. Although there was some promising attacking and defensive play from Hove, they didn’t manage a try until Sasha scored in the dying seconds of the game to bring the final score to 8-1 to Wimbledon.
The girls should feel proud of and encouraged by their performance in both games. All players are getting stronger every game and working better as a team. Rucking is an area that could do with some improvement. A more aggressive approach to retaining and gaining the ball this way could pay dividends.