The OURFC Women’s Blues travelled to Cardiff Metropolitan University on Wednesday for one of their toughest matches this season. The dry and windless weather conditions on Cardiff Met’s brand new 3G pitch, provided the perfect climate for a strong attacking platform and a quick paced game. Cardiff Met, an RFU Hub with a strong feed in to the Welsh academy and international sides was well prepared for the match which last year concluded with a 77-0 win for the Welsh team.
The Blues, off the back of successive wins in their BUCS campaign so far, fought admirably against the more experienced side and proved themselves in defense, holding off the home team’s aggressive attack for much of the game. Cardiff were only able to break through for their first try after a tough 25 minutes of play in the first half with a penalty that took a scrambled Oxford defense off guard. The remainder of the first half saw the first proper phases of attack from Oxford, with numerous breaks through the home defense. Despite even possession, the half-time score read 17-0 to Cardiff Met, with successful turnovers and line breaks resulting in two more tries for the home side.
The second half was marked by more exciting line breaks and strong attack from both sides. A series off impressive runs and even more impressive tackles were applauded by both spectators and referee, with Oxford determined to reach the points within grasp. Valiant efforts were rewarded with a series of phases, battling towards the try line. While Phoebe Haste, a new face to OURFC this year with a background of club rugby, made the final hard meters, the ball was put down by scrum half Pat Metcalfe-Jones. This was Oxford’s first try against the Welsh side in over three seasons. Two more Cardiff Met tries were conceded, despite the relentless efforts of a determined Oxford defense, taking the final score to a 33-5 win for the Welsh university. A special mention goes to Hazel Ellender and Pat Metcalfe-Jones, named forward and back of the match respectively.
1. Hazel Ellender 2. Viv Leong 3. Hester Odgers* 4. Fran Roxburgh 5. Phoebe Haste 6. Susy Rees 7. Caitlin McArdle* 8. Sophie Behan* (c) 9. Pat Metcalfe Jones* 10. Abby D’Cruz 11. Helen Potts* 12. Jo Dombrowski 13. Laura Simpson 14. Violet Smart 15. Sophie Trott*
16. Gwen Cartwright 17. Xanthe Gwyn Palmer 18. Carolina Matte Gregory 19. Jo Male 20. Affi Bunting* 21. Lucy Fenwick 22. Emily Bamber
Pat Metcalfe-Jones (1T)