Spring had arrived at Springhill on Saturday. And so had Beccehamians; promising to be the Gladies toughest test to date, playing their rugby a level above the league Hackney will be entering next season. But, with conditions ideal for their fast and expansive game, Hackney had more than the travelling side could handle.

Hackney's first four tries came in similar fashion; with scrum half Charley Miller turning bad ball into quick ball and fly half Sophie Campbell directing play brilliantly. With the Beccehamian defence drawn to Hackney's runners off the ball, Campbell exploited the space, scoring one and creating one for centre Genevieve Barr. And when the defence watched Campbell they gave up space for inside centre Lydia Meeson, whose constant half breaks put the home side on the front foot and enable centre partner Barr to score twice and complete her second hat-trick in only her 6th game of rugby.

And as the game went on, and the sun continued to shine, the Gladies pack began to get the upper hand on the previously dominant travelling 8. Sam Leetch's score was the first sign the away side were tiring, as the prop broke tackle after tackle on her way to the line. And when flanker Flic Auer scored with an arcing run through half the away team, Beccehamians looked beaten. There was still time for one last score, and it appropriately went to a back. Mel Wright, who impressed as a second half substitute, cut back against a drifting defence to finish another neat Hackney move and the game.

It's hard to single an individual out when a team perform as well as Hackney did on Saturday. Perhaps the biggest compliment was Beccehamians coach explaining she was missing a couple of players so had a few inexperienced girls on the field; you'd have never guessed that half the Gladies have been playing for a few months or less. Sam Leetch got through a huge amount of work in the tight, as well as scoring a great props try, but WOTM has to go to a back. And again it was scrum half Miller. Even when Beccehamians dominated the set-piece and the contact area, Miller ensured quick, crisp ball to the backline. Another terrific performance from the Gladies 9.