An under 15s rugby team from Watford have booked their place in a regional final next month.
The Fullerians RFC U15s Girls entered this season’s revamped RFU National Girls Cup Competition after successfully winning a Herts preliminary entry competition in September.
The competition is for the top 64 clubs in England at U15 level, and it was split into four regions and then into four pool groups.
Pre-Christmas, the girls played in their respective pool and after a strong win against London Welsh, they narrowly lost to Hitchin and finished second in the pool. T
he competition is then split, and the winner of each pool continues in the national competition, while the runners up enter a regional event.
The girls took on Basingstoke in the London & South East Regional Semi Final on Sunday, January 30, in what the club called “an amazing display of girls’ rugby”.
Fullerians took the lead and demonstrated some strong play and went into the half time break with the advantage.
The second half saw Basingstoke come back and score some excellent tries through some great team play and put Fullerians under pressure.
With around six minutes on the clock, Fullerians found themselves trailing 17 to 22 and continued to pressure into the half of Basingstoke.
The continued hard work and strength of the Fullerians pack provided a platform to send the ball out through the backs and into the hands of their flying left winger, Sophie, who took the ball around the 10m line in the Basingstoke half and her speed took her on the outside, from where she scored under the posts to level the score at 22 to 22.
This left the Fullerians kicker, Zoe, to step up and secure the conversion and the lead at 24 to 22. Zoe calmly composed herself and kicked an amazing conversion with only a few minutes left of the game. Basingstoke couldn’t get the ball back and the game finished with a win for Fullerians.
Fullerians are now set to play Horsham RFC in the Regional Final on Sunday, March 6, and the club are awaiting confirmation of a home fixture from the RFU.
Alban Barnes who is the director of women’s and girl’s rugby at the club, said: “The girls have been amazing all year and trained hard, listened to their coaches and have developed a love for the game of rugby.
“Everyone is immensely proud of their achievement, and we know they will continue to work hard towards the final.”
Fullerians RFC offer girls only rugby for ages U10s to U18s. If anyone is interested in joining, contact them at email@example.com