The 1s travelled down south on Wednesday to play Newcastle. The weather was at Cochrane was dry with slight wind chill and although grey clouds threatened, the rain managed to stay away for the duration of the match.
Edinburgh kicked off deep into the Newcastle half with Dido making the first tackle of the game and getting the Edinburgh defense underway. With Newcastle struggling to make any ground, they kicked for touch and after a well-executed line out Edinburgh gained possession. The home side had to defend hard to keep Edinburgh from scoring but they couldn’t stop a determined Lucy McMaster as she took the ball from a break down and drove five meters to the line for the first try.
Edinburgh continued to be a dominating presence in the first half, with second row Ali G putting in a phenomenal performance despite forgetting her boots and having to borrow a pair that were a size too small! They manged to score two more tries in the next ten minutes from Rachael Harkavy and a chip and chase scored by Hannah Kurtz in the right corner.
After twenty minutes Nat Guy came off with an ankle injury and Hannah Gaddie came on, leaving no forwards on the bench. With Edinburgh forming a strong attack, they continuously pressed up on Newcastle and Gaddie managed to take the ball to the right corner for a try. The last moment of magic in the first half came from Amy Walter who ran onto the ball with pace and the Newcastle defense could do nothing to stop her from scoring.
The second half saw much of the same from Edinburgh, they looked calm and confident on the ball and it wasn’t long before Walter got two more tries. Newcastle threaten for a try with their full back making a couple of dangerous breaks, but all attempts to capitalize were unsuccessful.
The second half saw Dido get a try, Kurzt get another and Rachel Law receive a cracking offload from Elis to run the ball in from the half way line. Charlotte Hope crashed one over and the final try was an excellent team try that came from a maul which brought the ball all the way to just short of the try line and was then successfully passed out along the back line for Hannah Septoff to finish.
Final score 72-0 to Edinburgh. A very confident team performance from EULRFC and this means Edinburgh will remain at the top of the table.
Rivals Northumbria are up next, it's sure to be an exciting and challenging game!