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  • Writer's pictureDan Lock

Superb performance by Bucks Women

With the disappointment of last week fresh in the mind, Bucks Women started brilliantly with great effort from the off.

A couple of passes from the kickoff saw Amelia Surridge with a bit of space which she fully utilised. This led to a few minutes of pressure within the Berkshire 22 which was finished off by Rocky Clark who crashed over for the first try. Rachael Taylor grabbed the additional 2.

Berkshire responded really well and controlled the ball well. They ended up with a penalty which was slotted to make it 7-3 after 10 minutes.

A break from Nicky Gross got Bucks straight back into Berkshire’s half. After some great work, some nice passing gave Lisa Fitzpatrick a one-on-one which she made the most of, with a great finish.

This was followed up some more great play from Bucks. They kept hold of the ball and created some gaps. Holly Malins slipped through one of the gaps to grab another try and Rachael converted.

Bucks were 19-3 up at the 20 minute mark.

Another penalty from Berks grabbed them another 3 points.

Some direct running up the middle put Bucks on the front foot with Chloe Allcorn continuing to make massive metres with every carry. The constant carries led to a burst through from Lauren Alouini run it in under the posts. Rachael made the conversion to make it 26-6 to Bucks at the 30 minute mark.

Berkshire came straight back into it with a really well worked try which they converted to make it 26-13.

Some great use of hands saw the ball get out to Lisa on the right wing. With a couple of players in front of her, some great footwork saw her cross the line for her second.

Only a tremendous tackle from Berks 15 stopped Nicky scoring from a great run. Thankfully, the forwards worked hard to support her and the recycled ball was taken over the line by Sian Mills. Rachael added the extras to make it 38-13 with a few minutes left in the park.

Berkshire played some consistent, well drilled rugby and only some resolute defending kept them at bay.

The half ended with another massive break from Nicky. Once again, the team worked massively hard so she wasn’t stranded. A few more phases saw Polly Peterson get another try for Bucks. Another 2 for Rachael saw the score increase to 45-13 at half-time.

It was an action-packed first half in warm conditions.

Shortly into the second half, Lauren ran a brilliant line to run in her second try from around 30m out. Rachael continued her form off the tee to make it 52-13.

The scoring continued coming. Nicky’s huge breaks finally got her a try of her own which was unsurprisingly converted by Rachael to stretch the score to 59-13.

Some back and forth rugby saw several moments of calm before Amy Lee ran in another try for Bucks.

A great run by Shaniah Herelle saw Bucks get near to the Berkshire 22. Some quick thinking from Nicky at the resulting penalty saw her cross over for her second to make it 69-13.

Berkshire played some great rugby in the next 10 minutes and had some great periods of attack but Bucks defence held up.

Bucks then got the ball into the Berkshire half and started to exert themselves again. Some sloppy play by Berkshire in their own 22 saw a turnover for Bucks which was finished off by Amelia. Heather Barnes kicked the conversion.

Bucks carried on with the momentum by scoring very quickly from the kickoff. With Nikitta Wehrle running it in from around 40 metres out. Heather converted to make it 83-13.

Lisa showed great pace down the wing to grab a brilliant hat-trick.

This saw the match finish 88-13.

A truly exceptional performance from the whole squad.

A huge congratulations to everyone involved. You did the county proud.

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