Richmond Secure Fifth Consecutive Win

Richmond Women 2nd XV 34 – 12 Henley

Last Updated: Oct 14, 2015 08:20pm
North Richmond, Richmond upon Thames London Boro
By Sian Hobday
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The 2nd team at Richmond kept the winning streak going on Sunday and secured the maximum 5 points from a hard fought victory against Henley.


It was no easy afternoon at the office for Richmond as they came up against ex-Richmond and England flanker Hannah Fields and a team looking to build and get a foothold in the league this season.


Richmond put the pressure on early and pinned Henley back in their own half. Strong carries from the back row put Richmond within 10m of the try line and an infringement from Henley handed the 2s the perfect opportunity to strike. A quick tap and go to prop Ellisha Dee saw her do her trademark crash ball over the line to score yet another try this season.


In a slightly rejigged back line, Richmond struggled to get into the groove with some wayward passing but the forwards were once again creating the perfect platform and giving the backs plenty of time to run their lines. The passing soon stuck and the ball was moved wide to Naomi Hampton who backed her pace and touched down in the corner. The conversion from Jayne Goodliffe was missed, giving Richmond an early lead of 10-0.


Hampton soon scored her second try of the match when Richmond tied in Henley’s forwards and spun the ball down the back line to Hampton who found space down the touchline and once again finished off a great piece of team play.


Henley finished the half strongly, when a mismatch on the wing saw their fullback sprint down the touchline and despite some scrambling defense, she managed to put Henley’s first points on the board.


The second half got off to a stumbling start with a miss kick from Richmond at the restart. Henley’s fullback and stand out player danced her way through the Richmond line, found some luck with some uncharacteristic poor tackling and she ran strongly for the line to score a great try under the posts. In a rare occurrence, the conversion was charged down by Goodliffe.


The 2s then regrouped under the posts and hit back with a try of their own. Richmond disrupted Henley’s lineout and the resulting maul causing them to fumble the ball. Quick reactions from centre Vick Brittland meant she got a cheeky try as pounced on the loose ball before a Henley hand could get to it.


Some well worked phase play created space on the wing for Marloes van Duuren who’s strong hand-offs saw off defenders and she dived in the corner to score.


Hampton got on the score sheet again in another excellent demonstration of pace and dived over the whitewash for the hat-trick.


The Richmond pack thought they had earned the next try, and certainly deserved one as they demolished the Henley scrum turning the ball over against the head. Driving the Henley 8 back across their own try line and controlling the ball at the base, Lil Knight touched down but the referee deemed a Henley hand to have got to it first.


Set piece once again proved to be as powerful as ever, securing possession, forcing the opposition to defend for much of the game.


Next week the 2s take on Saracens 2nd team away.


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