Rugby Union: Cleckheaton U15s Girls 15 - 41 Littleborough U15s Girls
Date published: 05 March 2019
Littleborough Rugby Union Club Ladies U15s
A hat-trick for Kiera Boardman in her first game as acting captain saw Littleborough Under 15 girls take a 41-15 win against Cleckheaton Under 15s.
With both teams missing key personnel, the game was changed to an 11 a side affair on a large pitch at Cleckheaton Sports Club. Two of Littleborough's players swapped shirts for the red and black of the Yorkshire side.
Littleborough started the game the better with dominant possession and strong carries that saw them barrage into the Cleckheaton 22. 12 phases later and after the home side had valiantly kept them out, Rowan Kean finally bulldozed her way over from close range to score.
Not so long after, Cleckheaton clicked into gear and started to stamp their own game plan onto the opposition and were rewarded with 2 tries to take a 3 point lead. First Cleckheaton's fleet footed fly half scooted on the outside of the defence to score in the left corner before Littleborough's Morgan Pearson playing for the home side replicated her new team mate to score down the left as well.
Stunned into action, Littleborough got back to doing what they do best and probed Cleckheaton with numerous big carries from the likes of Ellie Fitzgerald, Grace Garner and Mollie Yates. The former of which scored the visitors second try, again from close range.
With only a 2 point difference at 10-12 to Littleborough at the break, the second half proved to be poles apart thanks in main part to the role of Kiera Boardman.
The 15 year old would take the initiave with a hat-trick in between a score for the returning Amy Perren and one for Cleckheaton. For Boardman's first and third tries of the afternoon, the youngster used all her scrum half nous to dart from the base before sprinting clear to guide her team to victory.
Cleckheaton rallied well before Boardman's hat trick score and ultilised their own dominance in possession with a second try for the Cleckheaton fly half; she arrowed herself through a hole in the Boro defence in centre field to go under the sticks.
With the game now stretched in main to the exhaustion of both sides due to high intensity game plans, there were further opportunities to score. In the final play of the game that score came thanks to Littleborough's Ella Fearnley.
Plotting and weaving her way in and around 6 tacklers from inside her own half, Fearnley scored the try of the game to go under the posts and seal a brilliant victory on the road. A victory in this sevens type of game gives the side vital practice ahead of the sevens summer tour coming up in 2 months time.
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