Kingston University Women's Rugby Club and Imperial College Women's Rugby Club. Photo Credit: Tessa Neal
Kingston University Women's Rugby Club and Imperial College Women's Rugby Club. Photo Credit: Tessa Neal

Kingston University Women’s Rugby suffer crushing loss to Imperial College London

Kingston University Women’s Rugby Club (KUWRC) lost 69-10 on Wednesday, but that didn’t deter the teams from embracing sportsmanship on Tolworth Sports Ground.

In terms of possession and metres gained the match was fairly even, however Imperial edged out Kingston with their fast back line.

“I think as a team we work better collectively whilst Imperial has four or five players that perform really well individually,” said KUWRC team captain, Mina Lundevag.

Moments after player Hanne Kvam scored Kingston's second try of the season. Photo Credit: Tessa Neal Imperial College's player of the match Carolanne Vouriot (left), who played number thirteen outside centre. Photo Credit: Tessa Neal Imperial is awarded a line-out. Photo Credit: Tessa Neal Kingston's captain and player of the match Mina Lundevag about to attempt a conversion for Kingston. Photo Credit: Tessa Neal She shoots! Photo Credit: Tessa Neal and... Photo Credit: Tessa Neal She scores! Photo Credit: Tessa Neal The team celebrating the conversion. Photo Credit: Tessa Neal
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Imperial College's player of the match Carolanne Vouriot (left), who played number thirteen outside centre. Photo Credit: Tessa Neal

Kingston ladies jumped for joy when number eight Hanne Kvam scored the second try of the season (and five points), in the first half of the game.

“I think the match went well; as the season progresses we’re getting better. These are the strongest players we have,” said Lundevag, who played 15 fullback.

Lundevag followed the try with a difficult conversion executed beautifully from the far right side of the pitch, which scored two more points for Kingston.

Later on in the game, Lundevag also managed to score a further three points for Kingston with a very impressive drop goal, which is not often seen at this level.

For those who have less than exemplary rugby knowledge: a drop goal is scored when a player kicks the ball from hand through the opposition’s goal whilst the game is in active play.

Eleanor West, who played second row for Kingston, said: “It was a shame that we lost by so many points, but it was a great game.

It was enjoyable playing at home; we had a strong team today and more subs than usual, which helped a lot.

“It’s our second time playing Imperial and they are the nicest team in the league. We enjoyed playing with them and we had after-match drinks with them.

“It’s nice to be around people that share the same passion. It was also really great to get some points on the board as that hasn’t happened much this season.

“One thing that is great about all teams that play is incredible sportsmanship. We clap people going off and coming on. I fell after a tackle and players from the other team helped me up.

“Obviously we’re not going to go easy on other teams and I wouldn’t expect them to go easy on us, but there is always courtesy!

“We congratulate each other on wins and commiserate on losses. I really enjoy rugby, because it is a sport that is inclusive of everybody.”

  • Match Summary
  • Player of the Match
Imperial 69-10 Kingston.

Imperial: 13 tries and two conversions.

Kingston: one try, one conversion and one drop goal.

Imperial: Carolanne Vouriot, who played number 13 outside centre.

Kingston: Captain Mina Lundevag, who played 15 fullback.

 

 

About Tessa Neal

Tessa is a News Editor for The River and is currently studying a bachelors degree in Journalism with Human Rights at Kingston University. She has previously worked for the Newsquest Media Group, Pollstation opinion sharing network and with the social impact charity Be Enriched.

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