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Carlisle Cougars travelled away to Fleetwood on Sunday 11th April. After a slow start, and an early penalty which Fleetwood kicked giving the opposition an early 3-0 lead, some fantastic breaks made by individuals and overall continuous support play led to a 73-3 win away from home for the Cougars.
Coach Jonny Taylor said “We increased the intensity when we needed to. In the last 5 games the Cougars have only conceded 3 tries which shows how far we have progressed.”
Carlisle’s wingers left the defence behind, with Julie Hope scoring one try in the first half and two in the second. With a brilliant pick up from a Fleetwood kick Hope skillfully made it to the try line. Left wing Steph Musgrave also scored a try in both halves.
Strong running from Katie Wigham and Sally Carruthers in the centres led to Wigham picking up 5 tries and coaches player of the match. Holly Freestone moved from her usual position of centre to the flank for the game, and put in some massive tackles which earned her players player.
Fleetwood never gave up and continued to push the Cougars, particularly using the strong boot of their number 9. The Cougars defence held well with the forwards battling hard to secure possession. Max Pickles came on from the bench at half time for her league debut at prop, and her support play and strong rucking showed the potential that the Cougars possess.Lisa Richie kicked 9 out of 11 conversions making the final score 73-3. The Cougars stay top of the League with 2 more games to play; Scunthorpe away (18th April) and at home (9th May).
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