THE T-Birds travelled to Southampton and Trojans knowing that a simple win and 4 points would secure the Championship South Title.
With the warm spring sun on their backs, the T-Birds set off at a blistering pace. They set up shop in the Trojans 22 and stayed there for over 5 minutes until Emily Scott ran a backs move straight of the training park and slipped through a gap to touch down under the posts. Converting her own try, Ts led 0-7.
Trojans again showed the strength of their scrum and denied Ts their usual ample supply of good clean ball.
Despite the fine weather, T’s hands were not at their best and too many knock-ons allowed the Trojans scrum to gain their own supply of possession.
T’s defence was ferocious and Trojans struggled to find a way to unlock it. Lacking the necessary patience they kicked away possession and allowed the blistering pace of T’s back three to cause havoc.
With the first half slipping away T’s again set up camp in the Trojans 22 and patiently worked for a scoring opportunity. Finally No 8 Charlotte Boulton picked up from the base of a 5 meter scrum and attacked the blindside. Despite the attentions of 3 tacklers she scrambled over ion the corner to bring the score to 0-12.
Starting the second half Ts cranked it up a notch and attacked relentlessly, their fitness was starting to tell and the Trojans defence looked more and more fragile. Another period of pressure in Trojan’s 22 ended with the ball going wide to the backs and Rebecca Prosser cutting back against the grain of the drift defence to score close to the posts.
0-19, with the pack now getting on top and the game effectively won, T’s set out on the quest for 2 more trys and a bonus point.
Trojans kept trying to mount their own attacks but the Ts aggressive defence generally restricted them to the midfield before applying their own pressure.
From a 15 meter lineout the T’s again ran a training park move. Catch and drive, drag the defence in, then spin the ball wide for Becks Francis to dot down before the desperate defence could arrive.
A few minutes later she bagged her second as Ts started to play their usual brand of open running rugby. From turnover ball in midfield, a few big carries dragged in the defence, Emily Scott then kicked through, chased, tackled the Full Back, stripped the ball and span it wide.
Emily Scott’s 3rd conversion made the final score 0-31.
Back of the match was Becks Francis and Forward of the Match Veronica Ely.
With their 4th League title in 6 seasons, T’s now face a playoff with the winner of Championship North on 22nd April with Premiership Rugby the prize.
Team and venue to be announced once Championship North is decided.
Premiership Rugby will be a real challenge financially and with the Men on the verge of securing promotion to National League Rugby, Thurrock RFC will welcome any new sponsorship.