GOOD PROGRESS: The Barnard Castle RUFC U18 Gatorz, who rounded off their fixtures for 2018 with a win against a Barbarians side made up of players from Houghton le Spring and Darlington Mowden Park
GOOD PROGRESS: The Barnard Castle RUFC U18 Gatorz, who rounded off their fixtures for 2018 with a win against a Barbarians side made up of players from Houghton le Spring and Darlington Mowden Park

Ladies rugby

CASTLE Gatorz U18s enjoyed their last outing for 2018 against a Barbarian squad made up of players from Houghton le Spring and Darlington Mowden Park at Billingham.

It didnt take long for Barney to get on the score board with a great run from Eden being supported by Evie, who picked up from the ensuing ruck to charge over for a try.

The Barbarians didn’t sit back and used their strong runners to attack the defensive line and eventually scored a good try to make it 5-5. Castle then had a scrum at the opposition’s 22 and Evie picked up at the back of it and outpaced the defence to score her second try.

Castle began to win the rucks and pass the ball around which highlighted the support they offered each other.

This led to a try by Holly, her first for the club, when she finished with a great burst.

Minutes later Teigen exploded over the line to score again, With a couple of successful kicks, the half time score was 24-5.

The second half started with the Barbarians testing the Gatorz defence.

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At one ruck in the Castle 22 the Gatorz won possession and an excellent set of passes ended with Eden finishing a fantastic team try and Teigen adding the conversion to make the score 31-5.

From another scrum, Evie showed her pace again with a pick and run for her hat-trick.

The Gatorz weren’t finished.

Castle counter-rucked and stole the ball then moved it away from the contact zone, won the following rucks and passed the ball around with Floss scoring her first try for the team to make the final score 41-5.

The girls were due to play Horden next but the team had a lot of injuries, with concussions being main issues, so it decided not to play the game.

The girls have come so far in a short time and should be so proud of themselves.

The team was Catherine Batty, Sophie Davis, Izzy Semley, Floss Gibson, Evie Peacock, Teigen McKie, Ellie Wilkinson, Lily Beckley, Holly Deere, Eden Button, Sarah Graystone.

By Paul Davis