A strong Cardiff Met squad (including Jasmine Joyce – GB Olympic Sevens) travelled to Iffley Road on Wednesday afternoon for OURFC Women’s Blues first home BUCS match of the season. For many players, this was their first match at Iffley Road, and with an injury-struck squad, several players were making their debuts. The first phases of play were dominated by the home side, but an experienced Cardiff Met back line were able to take advantage of the wide pitch and broke through the hard-working Oxford defence to take an early lead. The opposition’s attack was swift with a quick back line causing the Blues many problems. However, two penalties conceded by Cardiff Met gave Captain Catherine Wilcock the opportunity to put the ball between the posts and Oxford on the board. The Blue’s cracking offload game broke holes in the Cardiff defence but Oxford were unable to complete as the experienced Cardiff side scrambled effectively. The second half, though, was a different game. A switch in the backline in the second half to bring Sophie Behan into inside centre created a different style of play. Oxford’s defence improved, limiting Cardiff possession to do some attacking of their own. However, although the Blues were able to force many mistakes from the Cardiff Met team inside their 22, in a long period of attacking play, they were unfortunate not make it over the try line. The squad now look forward to their Varsity Match precursor at Grange Road next week.
Final score: 82-6. Woman of the match: Sophie Behan (St Edmund Hall)
Starting XV: 15. Sophie Trott 14. Katie Barbour-Smith 13. Imogen Duffy 12. Carly Bliss 11. Gemma Robson 10. Catherine Wilcock 9. Millie Rose 8. Sophie Behan 7. Anna Gibson 6. Leanne Robinson 5. Elmarie van Heerden 4. Sophie Taylor 3. Jenny Smith 2. Pat Metcalfe-Jones 1. Gwen Cartwright
Replacements: Harriet McCay, Carolina Matté-Gregory, Beth Candlin, Princess Ashilokun, Susy Rees