L.S.R.G. Ladies vs. Foeste Moiden
Sunday 13 March, mini Super Sunday. Although we were still number 1 in our division after two matches, there was a certain tension before this game. Our opponent, Foeste Moiden, is playing a far better second half of the season than the first half, beating challenging other teams in our league. We did not know what to expect. The only thing we could do was thrust upon ourselves, our skills, and our system.
It was an exciting start of the game. The ref was a really tall guy, creating a certain kind of optic illusion that our girls were really tiny. We arranged with the opponent to play 13-12. This was not our preference, as we build are system upon playing with 15 (and we are happy to provide extra players). However, it is what it is, and now, we actually had 9 substitute players. And this was the base of the tactics of today: “rolling subs.” After a significant action on the pitch, the person involved could get some rest, and a fresh player would replace the girl that just went out. We expected this to result in less tiredness and more focus. In addition, we got to try out many combinations of different girls playing in different positions.
Early in the game, we felt that we had to get used to playing with 13 girls, and not let ourselves get tempted into playing ‘clods-rugby.’ We had to remind ourselves to use the full width of the field and use the overlap that we had. Ten minutes into the game, the first one to make a try was Loes! Five minutes later, following a scrum, the ball was played along the attacking line: Zoë created a break, made a try, and kicked a conversion. Only 15 minutes into the game, and it was already 12-0. A nice 1-2 between Sanne and Roos created a beautiful running line for Roos. After a tackle and a real quick pick-and-go from Yv, we scored another try. And these were again the first of many. Sara was really in an attacking mode today, playing quite close to the defense line. With some quick moves she was able to make certain breaks, and with some well-timed passes, the ball ended up where it needed to be (most of the time in the hands of Zoë or Yv) and created great chances for tries. Although most of the moves of Sara were on fire, one time, she actually gave (not even passed, but really handed) the ball to the opponent. She was luckily able to steal the ball back herself (to maybe lose it again in a similar move). Sanne was really on fire today. She created multiple breaks and even ran half the field on her own, with the opponent chasing her, feeling her breathing down her neck. Impressive, especially when you realize that Sanne had covid quite recently. One minute before the break, opponent was able to score a try, for which the score af halftime was 52-5
Although we were already quite pleased with this score, we were motivated to try to double it! Zoë let us know that we actually missed 11 chances on a try, so the score could have easily been already +100. With these words in mind, we started the second half. The second half was themed “experimental”. Some of the more regular players were now standing on the side-line (getting some breath), and less straightforward combinations were made on the field. In addition, it was decided that the scrums would be uncontested (with great protest from our forward's captain: “if they wanted uncontested scrums, they could have picked table tennis as a sport”). So with boring scrums (and wet balls), we continued the second half.
There was some confusion when Captain Myrthe (our main jumper) was not on the pitch, and we had to do a line-out. This was the moment where Wendy had waited for. Without hesitation, she placed herself in the line-out and jumped as if she’s practiced it all week. Unfortunately, we did not win the line-out, but it was great to see all the mixing-up again! Wendy also kicked the ball at the right moment, ALMOST resulting in a try. Myrthe did try that same kick, which, again, also, ALMOST resulted in a try. Iris was kicked in the face (not by Wendy or Myrthe), which resulted in a bloody eye and a quick visit to the GP to get it all glued up. Pep showed she also had theater-skills when she overreacted on a ‘high tackle’ and was quite pleased with that performance. In the meantime, both Zoë and Myrthe scored (multiple) tries. Helena created a break following a great pass and made her first try! In addition, she kicked her own conversion! This girl - on fire! At the end of the match, Kim ran in at exactly the right speed, making a break and making her first try! So proud of you! With the sound of the Pau-lice (“they are standing OFFSIDE”), we headed into the last few minutes of the game. Flo made some excellent tackles but could not prevent the opponent made two more tries in the second half. We ended the game with 85-17.
This game showed us that (almost) everybody on the field is replaceable. This might not sound ‘nice’, but this means that we are creating a team that is not resting on the quality of a few specific players. We continue to grow as a team, both in individual actions and cooperation. Femke was crowned WOTM for her continuous and stable power in our front five. The opponent chose Zoë (who played a fantastic game, with five tries and eight conversions). Loes was crowned as the Vajayjay, as she was kicked in the Vajayjay during the match.
- Zoë 5 (8 conversions)
- Yv 2 (1 conversion)
- Sanne 2
- Helena (1 conversion)
WOTM opponent: Zoë
Femke really compensated for forgetting the Vajayjay last week, and the bag's content (including brie) made both forwards and backs very happy. We finished the day by watching the game of XVI. Next Sunday, we will play against Groot Mokum, which was a challenging opponent last time. We’ll just hope they will also remember us for our good scrums and wet balls. See you guys there!