Women’s Blues Beat 2015 BUCS Champions The University of Gloucestershire

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The tension in the team was palpable for the first Women’s Blues BUCS match of the season against the notorious University of Gloucestershire side, 2015 BUCS Champions. The first twenty minutes were slow and scrappy from both sides with neither side taking control, with the game being dominated by forward play. 20 minutes in Gloucester manage to spread the ball wide to their back line and their full-back snuck past Oxford on the blind side to score. This gave Oxford the wake-up call they needed and they started playing more aggressively and entered Gloucester’s 22 where a blind side move put loose head prop, Jenny Smith, in to space. Jenny made some ground and then gave a perfectly timed pass to her fellow prop, Cecilia Peker who rumbled over and through the home winger to score in the corner. This was followed by a sensational conversion from fly-half Catherine Wilcock to make it 7 points all at half-time.

Oxford started the second half hungry for victory and quickly took the lead with a penalty kick, again from the very talented captain, Catherine Wilcock. Gloucestershire  were really feeling the pressure now and Oxford followed up on this with a second try, when Sophie Trott cantered up to the try line and gave a cheeky offload to Apphia Jack to score in the right hand corner. However, the home team weren’t finished yet; deep in Oxford’s half their clever fly half chipped over Oxford’s defensive line and chased down her own kick to score under the posts. The score was now just 15-12 in favour of the visitors, but the Oxford team maintained control for the rest of the match, playing predominantly in the opposition’s half, keeping their lead to full time.
This was a fantastic start for Oxford’s BUCS season. WeThe squad are now looking forward to progressing and building on this win for the rest of the season. Women of the Match for the forwards was Elmarie Van Heerden and for the backs Iona Harrap.

Next Wednesday the Women’s Blues travel west again to take on newly promoted side Bristol University.

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