Sheffield 5-10 Hawks Women
The Hawks travelled north to Sheffield for the final round of the Cup. A win would see them into the group and into the final.
It was the home side that started strong with some heavy and strong carries. The Hawks certainly did not want to defend at this tempo for the entire game. Silly mistakes from the Hawks were allowing Sheffield to build and threaten the Hawks line. However, some territorial kicking from Hadfield relived the visitors and put them back on the front foot. A stolen line out won by Simpson allowed the backs the ship it down the the line for Wilkie on the wing to beat her opposite number and finish off in the corner. 0-5 to the Hawks.
Collins was leading the defence, now playing in the centre after a reshuffle, with big hit after big hit! It was a very physical game with both sides were fighting for the win.
Eventually, the half time whistle blew, just in time for the hawks as Sheffield were creeping close to try line.
After the restart, again Sheffield were the ones to come out stronger and with high tempo. The Hawks were matching in defence though. Phase after phase Sheffield were making ground and they then took advantage of an overlap the created for their speedy winger to touch down in the corner. 5-5.
Now the game was really on but the Hawks had the majority of possession. Hadfield was continuing to turn the defence and ping the ball into the corners, giving the Hawks platform to play deep in the 22.
Big hits still from Collins, Page and Parry were ensuring the Sheffield attack would not advance.
A fantastic driving scrum had Henley in touching distance of the line and quick reactions from Thomas at scrumhalf hitting Wilkie to storm over the line for her second. 5-10.
With only minutes left on the clock Henley gave away a silly penalty which allowed Sheffield to move the ball quickly to their winger who chipped through towards the posts, luckily for the Hawks she knocked it on trying to gather it which saw the end of the game.
Coaches player went to Laura Wilkie for her two try’s and big hits. Players player went to Ellis Collins for her tremendous defence and strong carries. And Sponsors Player went to Carly Hadfield for her control and big hits.
The Hawks, victorious in all their cup games sees them through to the final on the 14th April at Stourbridge RFC against either league rivals Trojans or Reading Abbey.