The T-Birds welcomed Harlequins Ladies to Oakfield knowing that they needed a huge performance and a bonus point to win the league and secure a place in the playoff for promotion.
With the large crowd enjoying the spring sunshine, Thurrock’s newest team, The U15 T-Chicks played a curtain raiser while the T-Birds prepared for the main event.
Last week’s 135 point demolition of Wimbledon has changed the whole outlook of the team and now they know that they can score trys from anywhere on the park. The crowd did not have to wait long.
England U20 Fly Half Emily Scott was straight into action and touched down under the posts in only 4 minutes, kicking the conversion, she did it again only 2 minutes later. 6 minutes and 14-0!
Like last week against Wimbledon, the T-birds ran everything. If Harlequins defended wide, Ts ran through the middle, if they defended tight, Ts ran around them. In a 9 try first half, only one member of the T’s backline from 9 to 15 failed to score, with Emily Scott kicking 8 out of 9 conversions. Score 61-0.
Early in the second half, Lauren Kidd bagged her second and the with the game won and the bonus point in the bag, the Thurrock coaches began to use the bench.
The Harlequins defence was in disarray and Emily Scott now almost scored at will. Ts throttled back a little but carried on scoring at a steadier pace.
Everyone wanted the ball, and the over eager Ts were punished by the referee for persistently straying offside and going over the top at the ruck. Poor Sue Clive came on as a replacement and lasted only 3 minutes before being Yellow Carded for what was her first offence.
Against 14 Harlequins bucked up and scored their own consolation try to make it 82-7 but then Ts just stepped up a gear again to run in a late flurry of trys to end the game 103-7. With Emily Scott accounting for a personal points tally of 63.
So having won Championship South East 2 for the second time in 3 seasons the T-birds travel to Dorking RFC where next Sunday 17th April, in a 2pm Kick Off, they will play Bournemouth based Oakmedians in a play off for promotion to Championship 1 South, only one level below the Women’s’ Premiership.