Cougars 29 v Lakenham Hewett 17

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Lakenham Hewett, were this weeks visitors to Warwick Road and following their 2 recent wins the Cougars were hungry for another victory.

With fly half Lisa Ritchie away with the Scotland squad Katie Wigham stepped up to fly half putting Vic Parker in at inside centre. The pair tackled ferociously all match with Lakenham hitting the ball up hard all over the park.

Vic Parker got the first try on the board after solid work from the forwards released quick ball for the backs to run in out wide. The next try came from outside centre Julie Hope who found gaps in the defence that only she could pick out. Simone Lynn stepped up to take the conversions and slotted that one ably through the sticks.

The Cougars were forced into a change when flanker Belinda Lloyd had to leave the field through injury, this brought Jes Barnes onto the flank, she carried the ball well and supported the forwards around the park. A solid performance from number 8 Laura Cunningham, took pressure off the Cougars on many occasions making yards every time she carried the ball and earning her coaches player.

From the restart Lakenham put pressure on the Cougars, the pack were very physical and competed at every breakdown forcing the Cougars to pick up their game. Relentless pressure on the Cougars defence eventually led to the visitors getting a converted try. They scored again on the wing not long after, and a few nerves appeared in the Cougars play.

The Cougars struck once more before half time, again through Hope scoring outwide in a great solo try. The game could still go either way, and after the break Lakenham having travelled 280 miles from Norwich for the game were determined not to go home empty handed. They came out firing on all cylinders and pressurised the Cougars line for a solid 15 minutes, This eventually led to them scoring a well deserved try through their blindside flanker.

With 5 minutes to go Lakenham were reduced to 14, when their openside flanker was sin binned for continuously killing the ball. From the penalty Parker (players player) scored in the corner taking the final score to 29-17 and giving the Cougars a hard fought victory against a Lakenham team that never gave up the fight. The match was sponsored by A-Z vehicle Dismantlers and Rex Bingo.

This Sunday many of the Cougars will be in action representing Cumbria against Northumberland at Penrith RUFC. Kick off is 2.30 pm, Cumbria girls will also be combining with Durham at under 15 and u18 age groups to take on Northumberland at Keswick, 1:15 kick off, all support appreciated.