BCS Women’s Rugby National Champions

On the 29th April 2014 Worthing College’s Women’s Rugby team made history by being the first College sports team to win a National Final.

The day started with a 05.00 am wake up call to get onto a bus signposted to Burton RFC, a 3 and half hour bus journey, with moans of “are we nearly there yet?” echoing every 30mins. A bleary eyed team rocked up at the venue with 30mins to spare, diving straight into a team photo courtesy of British Colleges Sport.

The opposition for the day were Coleg Sir Gar, a Welsh college brimming with rugby pedigree and champions of last years’ competition. After the formalities of photos and pleasantries the game started with a well taken ball and run from fly half Amy Martin setting up an attacking platform for Gabie Archer to burst through, with a well timed pass to Caroline Hodgson who just got caught and tackled into touch.

The next few minutes saw both sides trying to establish themselves especially in the scrum where Worthing enforced their dominance. Inevitably, a period of pressure on Coleg Sir Gar’s try line finally resulted in a Worthing score with Ashleigh Smith picking and going from the base of the scrum to score in the corner. Amy Martin was unable to get the conversion. 5-0 at half time.

The 2nd half started with a poorly taken restart from Coleg Sir Gar with a resulting scrum to Worthing which was capitalised on with an Ashleigh and Amy dart down the wing to put the pressure back on the opposition, that resulted in a penalty to Worthing. A tap and go from Charlotte Guest set up some swift handling to set up a certain try to Amy, however she was pulled back by her hair under the post. The resulting penalty tap and go by Katie Phillips, looked like a certain score, however some excellent last ditch tackling from Coleg Sir Gar, ended with Worthing knocking the ball forward.

Another period of scrummaging in Coleg Sir Gar’s 22, again saw a number of opportunities  missed by Worthing, especially due to some great turnover skills by the opposition. The game ended with one more opportunity missed for Worthing, with a kick and chase by Ashleigh Smith and finished off with Katie Phillips, being judged a knock on further back. The game finished 5-0 to Worthing with a joint Women of the match effort going to the Worthing scrum.

“This result goes down to all the hard work the girls put in during the season. From a brutal pre season, to the work in the gym and getting the result in the semi finals in horrendous conditions shows the girls commitment and dedication. We set out at the beginning of the season to be finalists of three major competitions, and to win two, including the BCS National Finals, especially still in our first Academy year, is a fantastic achievement. With the current group of players and numbers looking good for next year, I’m already looking forward to next season and building on this years successes.” said Mark Rugman Women’s Rugby AASE coach. “

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