Rugby Union: Littleborough U15 Ladies 103 – 0 Combined Manchester and Rochdale U15 Ladies

Date published: 04 December 2018

Sunday afternoon at Rakewood saw more a deluge in more ways than one as Littleborough under 15 ladies beat a Barbarian Manchester and Rochdale under 15s side.

Having been on the wrong side of some disappointing results in recent weeks, including a narrow defeat last time out Littleborough Under 15s got their just rewards and score line they have so richly deserved.

Playing a mixed team made up of Manchester, Rochdale and a rotated three from their own team, the Rakewood based teenagers, including rookie Molly McCarney, shone with a 17 strong try feast.

Littleborough, and particularly Kiera Boardman, wasted no time in crossing the soaked whitewash as she burst through for the opening try. This try then catapulted the home team into frenzy as Morgan Pearson, Amy Perren, Boardman once more and Ella Fearnley would all reach the cherished end zone.

One of the most impressive elements to their game was the ability to generate such quick ball from the ruck and constantly have the visitors on the back foot.

A second try of the afternoon for Morgan Pearson and a seventh conversion for Ellie Fitzgerald in the first half saw Littleborough take a big lead into the break.

Unrelenting in their pursuit and hunger for more the home side continued to find the try line.

Captain Courtney Mills scored first before Molly Yates, Perren, second rows Fearnley and Kirsty Bella all used their pace and power to stride over.

Flanker Lily Galvin and Ebony Clegg then both brought the biggest cheers of the afternoon for very different reasons.

Galvin, who had been busy all game, scored her first try of the season with a blistering run down the middle before, fly-half-come-centre Clegg, fended off two tackles on the way to the try line.

In-between these two highlights, Perren and Boardman completed their hat tricks with finesse before Yates and Mills finished the afternoon’s entertainment in the deluge, with a try each.

Huge credit and praise goes to Rochdale and Manchester girls who despite the score line, continued to work hard. On another day the score would have been different as was the quality of the home side in attack.

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