Saints shut out Hampstead

Robertson slots a penalty

Robertson slots a penalty

The Saints travelled down to Hampstead last Sunday on an afternoon perfect for rugby, to face one of the toughest teams in their league. After a slightly frantic start by both teams, strong scrummaging by the Saints front row Hannah Tan, Emma Cramphorn and Ros Wiggins caused the Hampstead forwards to buckle under pressure; resulting in all bar two of the opposition scrums being overturned to give Saints space in attack. Fast rucking from the back row, particularly Kate Barnes, allowed for clean ball for half backs Maddie Gunnell and Katie Robertson. Honorary centre Kat Josephides coupled with Charlie Fredrickson allowed strong crash ball running, giving Claire McKenna space, with support running from winger Charley,to make an inspired 50m mazy sprint, beating several defenders to score under the posts. Katie Robertson converted to make the score 7-0. Further pressure from the pack, with turnover ball coming from several players including Katie Allcock and Holly Watson, meant Hampstead made multiple errors resulting in a penalty easily slotted by Katie Robertson 10 minutes before the end of the first half.
Despite strong running from Robyn King and Claire McKenna, the Saints couldn’t convert their efforts into more points. Wingers Alice Finn and replacement Lauren Eardley stifled several threats from the fast feet of the Hampstead back three and paired with hard graft from lock Lauren Battersby and replacement prop Jo Whitten through the centre of the field, the Hampstead girls couldn’t dent Saints’ impenetrable defence. Final score: Saints 10-0 Hampstead.
Forward of the match- Hannah Tan: For excellent work in the set piece and physicality in the loose, with dynamic ball carrying and bruising hits on the fringes.
Back of the match – Claire McKenna for causing Hampstead problems on every involvement – in defence worked hard to make cover tackles and then attacked opposition ball at the breakdown, in attack scored the decisive try with an immaculate finish from a long way out, always looked dangerous coming forward.