Saturday, July 13, 2024

Rugby: Thurrock Ladies Development Squad working well whilst T-Birds tough it out at Richmond

Ladies Premiership

Richmond 58 v 10 Thurrock T-Birds

Travelling to the home of the Premiership Champions for the past 3 seasons, Richmond, was always going to be a tough task and although well beaten at the final whistle, The T-Birds were bloody but unbowed with their heads held high after a gutsy performance that embodied their mantra of Heart, Passion and Belief.

With a squad ravaged by injury and illness and missing their talismanic Captain, Mercedes Foy, Ts Struggled for clean set piece ball in both scrum and lineout but still looked dangerous on the rare occasions that they managed to get their hands on the ball.

Richmond got away to a good start with 2 early tries but Ts kept fighting and were rewarded with a try of their own when Gael “Frenchie” Marcassus in her first T-Birds start, peeled off the back of a maul and crashed over the line.

T’s then had good periods where they kept the ball and worked their way up the park, only to be undone by Richmond running away with turnover ball to score.

With Richmond’s England second row, Rowena Burnfield in the bin, T’s notched up another try from lineout and driving maul when Irish International Louise Austin powered over. Another score from Richmond gave a half time score of 27-10 with the T-Birds down, but definitely not out of it.

In the second half, Richmond’s class shone through and despite Ts tackling their hearts out and mounting good attacks of their own, Richmond scored on a regular basis, crossing the line on 5 occasions, usually outflanking the tired legs of the thin T-Birds squad.

Final score 58-10.

Thurrock’s Forward of the match was Gael Marcassus for the second week in a row and back of the match was T’s own England U20 and Sevens starlet, Emily Scott.


T’s second string were away to Stanford-le-Hope in a London 3 fixture and ran out 64 –0 winners, completely outclassing their local rivals.

All new players are welcome and the Second team will enable Thurrock to develop new players at a more appropriate level than the rigours of the Premiership.

This Sunday 28th October, The T-Birds 1st XV are at home to another huge name in Women’s Rugby, Saracens, KO 3pm.

This is a huge game for Thurrock, so please come and shout your support for your local T-Birds.

The 2nd XV are away to our other local rival club Thames in a top of the table London 3 clash.


THURROCK Ladies development squad had another fantastic win this Sunday against an experienced Stanford le hope team.

Skipper Charlie West led her young charges from the front collecting two tries.

Dannie Harris who goes in for her knee reconstruction in a couple of weeks was still too hot to handle and scored five tries!

At 33-0 at half time Thurrock piled on the pressure, enjoying the ball in hand, youngster Liv Stembridge also got on the scoresheet as did Georgie Tricker with a personal points tally of 24 including seven conversions and two tries was the back of the match and Kelly Allen was the forward.

This week the development team take on Thames away while the 1st XV are at home to Saracens 3pm KO


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