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National Challenge

2 North

Scunthorpe Ladies 56pts

Ripley Rhinos

Ladies 0pts

RHINOS played well despite the scoreline at a foggy Scunthorpe as they went down 56-0 to their hosts.

Ripley had a strong pack, with Di Carter coming in at No.8 on debut and bringing her previous experience to bear.

Scunthorpe opened the scoring early on but then Ripley dug deep and defended their line for ten minutes. Ultimately they conceded the try but instilled self-belief that they were a match when the hosts were on the attack.

The game was mostly about how well Ripley would be able to defend Scunthorpe’s attacking.

They competed throughout but conceded six first half tries to go into the interval 32-0 behind.

The second followed the same pattern. Ripley tackling hard but not having the pace and experience in the backline to match their hosts.

The Rhino scrum certainly made the home side work hard in the set-piece - the engine room of second rows Jade Sheldon and Mel Defesta powering props Liz Trubee and Lizzie Fletcher with hooker Emma Sheldon striking well.

Despite Ripley battering at the Scunthorpe line for ten minutes, they couldn’t find the score their efforts deserved.

This was afternoon where rugby was the winner - twenty six committed rugby players had the chance to play thanks to Scunthorpe’s generosity.

The referee managed the game very well and it kept the crowd entertained on the sidelines.

Every Ripley player can be proud of their efforts but BAB Plumbing and Heating man of the match award went to skipper Liz Trubee on the sidelines.

Every Ripley player can be proud of their efforts but BAB Plumbing and Heating man of the match award went to skipper Liz Trubee.