A winning weekend for the Wooden Spoon Marauders
Wooden Spoon Marauders Super 7s Series at Nottingham Saturday 17th July – match review from Coach, Keith Boatman
The tournament was played in searing heat with pitch side temperatures exceeding 30 degrees.
The Wooden Spoon Marauders Women started the day well beating Samaurai 29-28 in their first game, the first time they had won their opening fixture against their old foes.
The next game was against the British Army and the Marauders quickly moved into an early lead which they built on to be three tries up at half time. Unfortunately in the second half with a few changes from the bench, the Marauders let the Army back into the game conceding some tries that were to cost them later. Nevertheless, the Wooden Spoon Marauders Women finished the game worthy winners 29-14.
The final group game was played on Pitch 1 in front of a large crowd against Jesters. The Marauders were confident but unfortunately let their concentration slip in the first few minutes conceding 3 tries. This meant that despite fighting back they lost the game 10-42.
With each of the top 3 sides now loosing one game the Cup final was determined by points difference and the tries conceded late on against the army were to come back and haunt the girls who were pushed into the Trophy final.
The Trophy final saw a re match against the Army which the Wooden Spoon Marauders Women won 28-26 showing their determination not to allow the mistakes of the previous games to be repeated. All in all it was a good day and the Women’s team played some good rugby with notable performances from Captain Lowri Norkett, Louise Burgess with some fine running as did Grace Crompton and Ellie Boatman with a further 4 tries to lead the series as top try scorer over the three legs.
The Wooden Spoon Marauders Men started more slowly having quite a tough day losing to Assassins 12-31 and Jesters 12-29 in the first two games. They then rallied coming from behind to win a well fought contest v 24-19. They then gained a bye into the plate semi final to play Wailers.
After a great start the team raced ahead with 2 tries based on some great kick-offs from Louis Flynn and some good catches from his forwards. The Marauders went into the second half with a comfortable lead but let the Wailers back in with an early try allowing them to build confidence and score more narrowly winning the match and knocking the Marauders men out of the competition 14-29 .
The Wooden Spoon Marauders will next compete in the final leg of the Super 7s Series at Bury St. Edmunds on Saturday 24th July.
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