It was an early start for OUWRFC but that didn’t dampen spirits as they headed to Hinckley RFC for the BUCS 7’s Championships. They were drawn in a pool with University teams from Coventry, Glamorgan and Loughborough. With kit as bright as the weather OUWRFC certainly lived up to the mantra of look good, play good, opening with a 25 nil victory over Coventry. Glamorgan posed a tougher challenge, but OUWRFC bravely fought back from three tries to one down to triumph 17-15. Their final pool match to Loughborough was always going to be an uphill battle; with captain Tatiana Cutts overheard describing it as ‘lambs to the slaughter’. OUWRFC nevertheless played with their heads held high and developed throughout the game, simply surpassed by a superior opposition.
This meant OUWRFC finished second in their pool and faced a semi-final against Birmingham. On this occasion they came out all guns firing, scoring two early tries in quick succession, setting the tone for the rest of the match. The physicality OUWRFC displayed in this game was notably upped and the final score lay at 27-10. The Plate Final against Exeter on the main pitch promised an exciting denouement to the day. Sadly, OUWRFC were not able to raise their game sufficiently against the BUCS 15’s Cup champions and lost 32-0.
The day finished with 9 exhausted, slightly sunburnt, but very happy and proud players. A plethora of tries were scored by Charlie Brown, Tess Braunerova, Liz Dubois and Ann Tivey. Special mention should go to Hannah Winfield who played almost every minute despite battling a chest infection. However, this was most notably a tremendous team effort, with all players rising valiantly to the occasion and being justifiably delighted with this excellent result, finishing 6th out of 16 teams overall.