Burlington Centaurs Ladies welcomed a tough and talented Fergus team to Sherwood Forest Park on Saturday July 27th looking to reverse what was a comprehensive league defeat three weeks ago in Fergus, albeit with a thinner squad. With almost a full complement of players for the first time in a month, coach Jonny Goldie started with his strongest XV, looking to match up physically against a tough Fergus side. This proved to be the case as Burlington took the game to Fergus from the start, forcing handling errors early on with their aggressive blitz defence. Into a stiff first half wind, the Centaurs ladies kept the ball in hand but struggled to make the decisive break required against an organized defence. The Highland side used the wind to their advantage scoring a converted try after 10 minutes of desperate defence by the Centaurs. Burly would reply with a well worked try on the short side from the outstanding No. 8 Ahink Hussein taking the score to 7-5 at the 20 minute mark. More tactical kicking from Fergus would pin the Burlington side in their own half for the next 15 minutes, the overstretched defence finally breaking for another Fergus try, which was converted, taking the score to 14-5 just before the half. Burlington would immediately counterpunch once again after good work from the forward pack turned over ball and from the ensuing penalty, Ahink Hussein would cross for her second of the day under the posts. Killeen Leitch would add the conversion for a half time score of Burlington 12 – Fergus 14.
The second half scoring started right after the whistle after Centaurs confusion at the kick-off allowed Fergus to gain possession and a few phases later they were over the try line once again in a somewhat easy manner. True to type however this is a team full of heart, whos heads never go down and they were to rally in the second half, with full-back Leitch using the breeze to control territory whilst the blitz defence snuffed out most Fergus attacks deep in their own half. Man of the match Ann Andre who was seemingly everywhere, had a stormer, winning the breakdowns and returning loose kicks gaining yards every time she had her hands on the ball. Ably supported by fellow back rows Littlejohn and Hussein in the loose and a dominant front row in the scrummage, the Ladies forward pack slowly took a stranglehold on the game which resulted in tries for the athletic Ketsia Kamba and the always aware Katelyn Carey who had moved to scrum half for the second half. Killeen Leitch would add one conversion bringing the Burlington side to within 2 points as the clock ran down. With the Fergus scrum-half in the bin for repeated infringements Prop Aislinn McNally would take advantage to crash over for what would be the winning try with 3 minutes remaining. The Fergus side would be unable to gain any forward momentum in the frantic final few minutes as Burlington’s blitz defence repeatedly knocked them backwards and an exhausted but happy bunch of Burlington Ladies welcomed the final whistle and a well-earned victory to end the 2019 league season in style.
Final Score: Burlington Ladies 29 – Fergus Ladies 26