TRAINING: Tuesday: 1XV 19.30-20.55, 2XV 18.00-19.25, Ladies XV 19.30-20.55 // Thursday: 1XV 21.00-23.00, 2XV 21.00-23.00, Ladies XV 21.00-23.00

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Ladies XV vs. Hookers/Bees

Storm Dennis was upon us. The cars of the Dames I team made their way steadily through the strong wind and the whipping rain towards Hoek van Holland. The opponent: a combination team of the Hookers of the Westland and the Bees of The Hagues derivate of Leiden University. They played their first competition match against us, which they won.

We were hopeful we could take the win home. In the first few minutes, we realised it was going to be harder than expected. They were big, the pitch was muddy, sandy and wet, the wind was still blowing and the hands in the ruck aplenty. We showed them our defense, and beautiful tackles were made all game long. Everyone fought for the ball, but they fought just that bit meaner harder. A lot of injuries occured, but that didn't matter: we needed just one more try to win! They were a heavy opponent with an active attack, which we withheld for most of the time. Our girls fought tremendously but had a hard time getting the ball into the backline. Though we showed that whenever we had the ball, we could come far - just not quite far enough for that second try.

The final score of 10-7 was a breakthrough for the 2e Klasse Dames Cuppoule 2e Fase, because these were the first points scored against our Ladies team. But fear not! We are still on top of the list! Our back-in-disguise Myrthe dashed past their defense and scored us a try with a conversion. A big shoutout to Pauline, who played her first match as a scrumhalf in these conditions!

Many thanks in advance to the Vajayjays of the day for providing scrumptious schnacks next week, myself and Marthe, who subconsciously preferred Amsterdam over Westland. And last but definitely not least, the dashing return of Iris! After a year of obtaining and getting used to a new cruciate ligament, she played a fabulous full 80 minutes.

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