U18G Kent 34-10 Hampshire


After a slow start and having let Kent score two easy tries in the first half the girls raised their game and played exciting rugby. With no substitutes facing a Kent team that had a team with a full set of subs, Hampshire girls brought the fight to them.


Hampshire won the second half collisions and with a pack turning over Kent at every opportunity especially as Kent kept bringing on fresh legs the girls dug deep and continued to turn them over in the Lineouts, repeatedly taking the ball against the head in the scrums and with the backs now gaining confidence were doing switches and loops in attack.


The second half was a try a piece with 7 minutes to go and the girls on their own 10m line showed how good they were by not dropping their heads and repeatedly attacked the Kent line resulting in Kent giving away multiple penalties and Hants getting over the try line in the last play of the game but unfortunately couldn't ground the ball.


The final score was 34-10 which doesn't reflect how well the girls played.

All 15 girls had a great game and I couldn't name individuals as it was an outstanding team performance.

You only find out the potential of a team when their backs are against the wall and they were brilliant especially to find the reserves to raise their game in the last quarter.


U20 Dorset & Wilts 10 - 37 Hampshire


It is pleasing to report that we started our campaign in the national shield competition with a bonus point away win.


The score would almost certainly have been even higher if we had not suffered a red card just before half time, as our hooker was sent off on receipt of a second yellow card.


After the loss of a player, our team dug deep and it should be noted that we won the second half 17-0. The highlight was when a penalty try was awarded after our seven man pack demolished the D&W eight in a series of scrums close to their line.


Nine of our players were selected for the 'shadow' team.


The next match against Surrey is expected to be a much greater challenge as they won the competition last year.



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