Burlington Ladies travelled to Waterloo looking to build upon their fine performance versus London last week and did so, earning a creditable 31-31 tie in what turned out to be a thrilling game of rugby union. The Ladies got off to a flying start, dominating possession for the first 20 minutes, resulting in a fine try for outside centre Amber Aquin after excellent work by the powerful Burlington forward pack. Aquin converted her own score for a 7-0 lead. Waterloo came right back into the game however with a score under the posts after some poor Centaurs tackling in the midfield allowed a free run in. The try was not converted however and the score after 20 mins remained 7-5. County began to exert a dominance behind the scrum despite many offensive tackles from American import Rebecca Trapp and added to their tally with three more tries to take a stranglehold on the game. Crucially however Burl would respond on the stroke of half-time. Getting back on the front foot, repeated powerful carries from Trapp, Aislinn McNally, Laiken Littlejohns and Ketsia Kamba finally provided a perfect overlap which was executed perfectly for Amber Aquin to barge over in the left corner for her second score. Half Time: 26-12.
Despite the scoreline, the half time feeling within the Burlington camp was that the game was within reach and they ladies came out strongly in the second half dominating the forward exchanges. Burlington captain Katelyn Carey would take full advantage, throwing a dummy and accelerating through a gap to finish off a wonderful solo effort in what turned out to be a Man of the Match performance. Not to be outdone, good defensive play then saw the indefatigable Laiken Littlejohns steal possession then turn on the afterburners running a full 60 yards to outpace the opposition cover and score under the posts. The conversion followed to level the game on the 60th minute. Like two pugilists exchanging blows Waterloo would pull ahead once more, their right winger outpacing the hesitant Burlington defence from 50 yards out to score in the corner. Not to be denied however the Centaurs Ladies rallied late and with fly-Half Katelyn Carey pulling the strings behind a once more dominant pack, soon to be married Amber Aquin would go over for an impressive hat-trick to secure a 31-31 tie.
After the final whistle, visiting coach Jonny Goldie said: “The girls are pumped. Any one of them could have been the MVP today as they all played a stormer. That performance illustrated a growing confidence within the group which is great to see. The girls are improving every game and most importantly are enjoying themselves whilst playing some excellent rugby. They have two happy coaches right here.”