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School Sport: Marshalls Park earn rugby reward

PUBLISHED: 10:36 30 January 2016 | UPDATED: 10:36 30 January 2016

Marshalls Park's under-13 rugby girls

Marshalls Park's under-13 rugby girls

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Under-13 girls beat Boswells

Marshalls Park’s under-13 girls enjoyed a fine rugby win over Boswells School on Friday.

Having lost to their rivals last year, Park were expected a difficult fixture, but captain Tibbs made an early impact with three quick tries.

Park were aggressive in the tackle and showed intelligent game play, rucking to protect the ball and forcing turnovers wherever possible.

Boswells soldiered hard and showed some good offloads in the tackle, but the Park defensive line was excellent and turned over possession quickly.

Cunningham showed intelligent play beyond her years, sucking in players and selflessly offloading for Anderson to race down the wing and score, sealing a very comfortable win for the team.

Coach Miss Whitley said: “I was extremely proud of the team, who played far more intelligently than previously and applied many principles that we have been working on in training.

“A special mention to Millie Clarkson, who having only recently picked up rugby, is having a hugely positive impact on the team, showing dominant tackles and a huge strength in carrying the ball, noticeably in today’s game.

“Millie carried the ball the length of the pitch, running up hill, with two of the opposition attached!

“Several of the team are attending trials for the Essex squad and I wish them every success.”

Park had travelled to St Clere’s on Tuesday, when both sides battled in extremely windy conditions.

The visitors were a little slow in attack early on, but showed some excellent defensive work to prevent St Cleres from scoring three tries in succession with hard tackles in the in-goal area.

Amazing tackling from Millie Clarkson and Poppy Le Beau kept St Clere’s under constant pressure, but the home side produced some strong and skilful play to enable them to hold on for a 30-25 win.

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