Amelia Miller hat-trick helps Cambridge University RUFC women defeat University of Nottingham
Light Blues maintain 100 per cent record in BUCS League
Amelia Miller touched down a hat-trick of tries as Cambridge University women earned a 53-0 win over a spirited University of Nottingham side in the BUCS League, Midlands 1A division.
It was a disciplined and impressive performance from the Light Blues in their preparations for the Varsity Match against Oxford at Twickenham on December 6.
The ball presentation at the breakdown from both sides stood out, but while Nottingham looked good in possession as they moved the ball along the line, they just could not find a way through the hosts’ defence.
Cambridge held their line well and hunted in packs, giving Nottingham no chance to get secondary runners into the game or time to settle into a pattern of phases.
Equally as impressive for the Light Blues was what they did with the ball.
The forwards and backs were working well together, with the support play catching the eye as they ran off each other’s shoulders to maintain momentum on breaks over the gain line.
They also used width in order to stretch play, and this was the main reason for their three-try blitz in six first-half minutes.
Nottingham had started the game well in the Cambridge 22, but they could just not cross the line and once the hosts broke free, there was no stopping them.
Jenni Shuttleworth scythed through on the first attack in the sixth minute, and play was recycled for Lara Gibson to finally burst clear from deep to touch down, with Alice Elgar kicking the conversion.
Three minutes later, Sophie Farrant made the first incision on the wing, and after going through four phases, Mary Coleman powered over for the second try, with the extras making it 14-0.
In the 12th minute, Jenny Orriss started things off with a good ball carry, and after possession was moved through a number of hands, the loose-head prop was there to touch down, with Elgar kicking the conversion for 21-0.
It was quite a ruthless period for the Light Blues and certainly allowed them some breathing space in the game.
Miller got her first try of the match in the corner after 21 minutes, going over after an initial break by Coleman, and then good work from the line-out led to Fiona Shuttleworth reaching out to score for 31-0.
The final try of the half was a second for flying winger Miller, who finished off a good move along the line. Elgar’s conversion made it 38-0.
Just as in the first half, the Light Blues produced a quick three-try burst after the break.
In the 46th minute, they kept shifting possession wide for the ball to reach Miller, who darted in to complete her hat-trick.
Six minutes later, more good hands saw Gibson attack the line at pace to touch down her second, and then the scoring was completed by Farrant, who went round the outside to dot down in the corner.
There was some stoic defence from the Light Blues in the last five minutes, as they defended their line with gusto to keep Nottingham at bay.
They have now won four games out of four, and gained a fifth win as their opponents were unable to field a team.
Cambridge University: Gibson; Farrant, Nicholls, Coleman, Miller; Gimson, Marks; Orriss, Pierce, Abele, Elgar, Spruzen, Hosizaki, J Shuttleworth, F Shuttleworth.
Replacements: Edwards, Taylor, Elwood, Bradshaw, Brough, Clark, Meju.
Scorers: 6min Gibson try – Elgar con (7-0), 9 Coleman try – Elgar con (14-0), 12 Orriss try – Elgar con (21-0), 21 Miller try (26-0), 33 F Shuttleworth try (31-0), 39 Miller try – Elgar con (38-0), 46 Miller try (43-0), 52 Gibson try (48-0), 56 Farrant try (53-0).