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On Sunday 3rd October, newly promoted Carlisle Cougars took on an experienced Waterloo side, who finished second in the league last season. The match, sponsored by Stacey’s Coaches and M&D Galbraith was the first occasion these teams had met for three seasons. Injury worries meant the Cougars had a new half back paring, but with the strength in depth of the squad built over the off-season a strong starting 15 was still fielded.
The first 20 minutes saw the Cougars out-played by Waterloo, the new league providing a more physical challenge than the Cougars experienced last season. Conceding 3 tries in this first quarter was a major set back, but heads did not drop and the Cougars played their way back into the game. A great break by outside centre Julie Hope resulted in the Cougars opening try.
Gaining dominance in the scrum, the Cougars were buoyed on and applied pressure to the Waterloo side. A lack of discipline saw the Cougars reduced to 14, and Waterloo capitalized with the last try of the half.
The second half saw the Cougars go up another gear, strong running in the forwards created space out wide for Centre Hope to run in her second try of the game. The Carlisle outfit continued to pressure and made good yards, but unfortunately couldn’t finish off their chances.
In the end it was Waterloo who got the final score of the game, using their experience and finishing out wide on the wing. Final score Carlisle 12 – Waterloo 25.
Vic Parker was players player of the game on her debut for the team. The Cougars took a lot of positives from the game and look forward to their trip to Leeds next week where they hope to build on this weeks performance. Anyone interested in playing womens/girls rugby should contact Lucy on 07912110785 / firstname.lastname@example.org