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Rugby Lionesses v Rushden & HighamSun 01 Apr

Rugby Lionesses crashed to a heavy defeat away to local rivals Rushden and Higham in the last game of the 2011/12 season.

The Lionesses named a full squad of players, but injuries to Rushden’s Ladies last week meant a game of 13-a-side was played; meaning the Lionesses lost some of their attacking options from the pack.

The pitch was hard and the weather perfect for a game of rugby, if a little hot. The first score went to Rushden with well-worked forwards' play in the Lionesses 22.

The Lionesses kept their heads high and immediately struck back with a well lofted re-start kick from fly-half Hollie Adams allowing the Lionesses pack to chase the ball down and put pressure on the Rushden Ladies.Prop Lou Fry gained possession of the ball and charged over the line for an unconverted try.

The Lionesses worked hard throughout the remainder of the first half defending a torrent of attacking runs from the Rushden back line. Rushden, however, were able to break through three more times, with the Lionesses unable to score further even with hard running lines from Captain Gemma Booker, fly-half Hollie Adams, No.8 Caz Archer and winger Hayley Richardson to name but a few.

The second half started as the first half ended with some very strong running and hard tackling form both sides; the physical nature of the game began to show on both sides.

Rushden managed to score three further tries from some strong running in the heat bringing the final score to 45-5 in Rushden’s favour.

The Lionesses Team: (Captain) Gemma Booker, (Vice Captain) Natalie Morris, Lou Rushten, Tracy Booker, Lou Fry, Steph Harding, Carolyn Simmonds, Caroline Archer, Hollie Adams, Sian Harrison, Emma Pritchard, Hayley Richardson, Rebecca Sandler, Becci Morris, Julie Evans, (Head Coach) Roger Weddell, (Assistant Coach) Chris Evans and (Hydration) Ashley Harding.

*The Lionesses are always looking for new players. If you are over 18 and interested in joining the ladies then please email, rugbylioness@gmail.com or give Gemma a ring on 07788951512 or Roger on 07921515024 for more information.

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