With double points on offer the NUIG women pulled another win on Sunday in the C.W.L after a bruising encounter with Tuam R.F.C on a typically wet November day in Dangan.
College lined out this week with a reduced squad but started well, keeping the majority of play down in the Tuam half but failed to convert all their possession into scores. Both teams struggled to keep ball in hand under the trying conditions. Early into the first half College were reduced temporarily to 14 women when Pauline Reilly was forced off with a head injury. Tuam having the extra player on the field only managed to break into college territory on one occasion and were quickly put back out of it.
Despite enjoying the majority of possession in the first half College only managed to convert one try in the first half coming from out-half Katie Kilbane, off the side of a ruck 5 metre’s out, after numerous phases of patient play from the college girls.
The second half started well for the NUIG women and it wasn’t long before Captain Louise Fitz was in just outside the posts to put some breathing space between the sides with the added conversion. Tuam however, were a different side in the second half and were not going to be bullied down in their half for the whole game the east Galway side found their way into the college’s half and quickly found their feet registering their first points of the day when their scrum half found a gap down the middle of the ruck diving over to claim the five points 5 metres from the touch line. The attack began and never let up, it wasn’t long after that try that college were caught on the back foot with a 2 on 1 run for the line where college conceded a penalty try. Once again missing out on the conversion, college still had the score advantage at 14-10.
The NUIG women regained their focus and found their way back into Tuam territory and were given the opportunity to put 3 extra points on the board with a penalty from 25 metres out but just fell short of the mark. With 15 minutes left in the game and only 4 points between the teams, it was set to be a close finish until Captain extraordinaire Fitzy managed to cross the line again after college were awarded a penalty deep in the Tuam half and some powerful play around the fringes of the ruck made it 19-10.
College found themselves once again on the back foot deep in their half with Tuam knocking on the door for the last 5 minutes of the match but found it almost impossible to penetrate the strong college defence until the final minute when they found that elusive gap just outside of the posts. However that final score with conversion wasn’t enough to take the points from NUIG with the end score standing at 19-17.
The NUIG women’s squad is away this Wednesday to UCC in the college’s league.
By Katie Kilbane.