Cambridge Rubies deliver good performances at Eastern Counties Girls' Rugby Festival
Cambridge Rubies under-15s and under-18s produced some strong displays at the Eastern Counties Girls’ Rugby Festival in Norwich.
The under-15s made a slow start against a combined North Walsham and West Norfolk team, but went on to dominate possession, allowing Emily Hay to break a missed tackle in midfield to touch down, with Thea Sylvester converting.
Good defence kept them at bay, and a defensive lapse allowed West Walsham in for a converted try as the game finished 7-7.
Against a combined Sudbury and Braintree team, Hay scored an early try and added the conversion, but their opponents scored three unconverted tries.
Scarlett Anderson got a late score for the Rubies, converted by Hay, as they lost 15-14.
Rubies’ under-15s finished their tournament with a 24-17 win over a combined Mistley and Harwich team.
They conceded two tries, but scores from Jessie Owers, Alicia Rapaiee, Hay and Chloe Abrams, and two conversions from Hay, completed the win.
Rubies’ under-18s bounced back from defeat against a strong and well-organised Sudbury side, who scored six tries, to defeat Diss.
Some great off-loading and keeping the ball alive allowed them to score four unanswered tries in a 20-0 win.
Two from Poppy Elliott, including a fine solo effort, and one apiece from scrum-half Livy Wilber and Daisy Shadbolt secured the win.
In their final match, the under-18s defeated Crusaders 19-0.
Fine defence to earn turnovers led to two tries from hooker Maya Collinson, while outside-half Aaliyah Mulhall broke away to get a third, and captain Kacey Tuck kicked two conversions.