The East Suffolk Saxons First Game!
Sunday 29th September.
Aldeburgh Women Raise the Bar – Wymondham Wasps vs East Suffolk Saxons - 37 – 7 FT
As the rain fell, women from across the East of England gathered under the Autumn Clouds at Wymondham RFC for their first match. This was to be the first run-out for the newly formed East Suffolk Saxons. Full-contact beckoned. The fast removal of a youth player from the previous game with a fractured jaw, a reminder of what all of these women had signed up to.
And it started tough. In the first quarter Wymondham dominated. Crossing the line three tries, the Saxons looked deep within themselves to respond. And they did. Over the next 30 minutes they drove and rucked and mauled, forcing knock ons. Their close forward play smashed the opposition and the teams became reduced to 10 players each as the injuries mounted. The Saxons scored a storming try and managed to convert for the full seven.
But with the final 15 minutes coming around Wymondham’s experience showed. They turned the screw running in another 4 tries, converting one. The Saxons to their credit finished with a flourish. They competed until the last minute and left the field proud of their achievement. Remember, this is a new team who have trained together only four times. Wymondham have a powerful women’s game history.
Back in the bar, best forwards and backs boat-raced their beers and rugby really was the winner. In the words of Sean Fitzpatrick, previous All Blacks captain, commentating on the rise of rugby as a world sport, ‘It’s great to see the technical skills developing so brilliantly in the men’s and the women’s game’. This was it. Crunching tackles, rucks, mauls, scrums, running rugby and kicks.
The four Aldeburgh women involved made up a third of the team, and they showed their prowess from the pack, via scrum-half to fly-half and wing. Hannah, Kel, Sue and Kirsty put their hands up and made the town proud.
Written by Fyfe Johnston.