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RUGBY: Southwold Swallows secure title

PUBLISHED: 11:45 16 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:04 06 July 2010

Peterborough 12, Southwold Swallows 48



SUNDAY April 11 will be a match that will stick in Southwold Swallows heads for a very long time, walking away with the title of Grand Slam winners of RFUW South Eastern 3.

Peterborough 12, Southwold Swallows 48

SUNDAY April 11 will be a match that will stick in Southwold Swallows heads for a very long time, walking away with the title of Grand Slam winners of RFUW South Eastern 3.

Southwold attacked Peterborough with everything they had. Peterborough had the upper hand in size, Southwold opted for a faster and quicker paced game and this instantly proved to be the correct option as Savage scored a try within the first five minutes. Shortly after Peterborough used their size, a loose ball saw them power over the tryline.

Kim Roberts then found some space to run and she powered down the wing to score. Now ahead, Southwold had confidence in their own ability and with the new found killer instinct it only took another five minutes for a brilliant pass from Savage to Roberts who simply wrong footed her opposite winger and ran in a 100 yard try under the posts, a simple conversion from MacDonald put the score at 24-7 at half time.

Peterborourgh were not going to make this a walk over and Southwold felt the pressure straight away in the scrums with Laura Nutt, Sally Turner propping and Elissa Cox at hooking. Peterborough winning a scrum powered up the middle of the park with their forwards they looked as though nothing was going to stop them. A ball loose on the floor Peterborough were able to kick it behind the Swallows try line, quick to react Laura MacDonald charged down the pitch after Peterborough's nippy fly half only to be penalised with the ref awarding a try for apparent intentional blocking. But Southwold hit back and shortly after this both Anna Harrison and Bev Whyte scored.

The final score of the match came from some great backs play, which led to Roberts running over the line . Final score was 48-12. “Southwold couldn't have asked for anymore from themselves, they stepped up to the plate and played their socks off,” a club spokesman said. “With some outstanding performances from every individual player and pure dedication from new coach Mike Hume it was a full team effort which gave them the win.”

The whole squad would like to say big thank you to supports Prestige Nursing and Ellough Park Raceway for their generous donations and all supporters who have supported us at home and away, come rain or shine.

Team: Laura Nutt, Sally Turner, Elissa Cox, Michaela Scarle, Tracie Merritt-Bitters, Carro Bäckström, Laura Marjoram, Bev Whyte, Claire Phelps, Laura Mac Donald, Amy Gregory, Kim Roberts, Anna Harrison, Chantelle Savage, Donna Cooper, and Nina Roe.

The Swallows shall be back training June/July ready for the second biggest rugby sevens tag tournament held at Southwold on July 23 to 25 and as they prepare for the league above.Southwold Swallows are always looking for new players no experience required, so if you fancy playing please contact Nina Roe on 07947 313 156.

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