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.
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.
[box type=”info”]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.[/box]
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.”
[tabs type=”vertical”][tabs_head][tab_title]Match Summary[/tab_title][tab_title]Player of the Match[/tab_title][/tabs_head][tab] 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.