A beautiful spring day at Springhill saw Hackney Gladies produce some scintillating running rugby and run in 6 tries to 2 as they beat their local rivals. With their final game of the league season next weekend against Trojans the Gladies are playing themselves into form after a frustrating winter of frozen pitches and called off games.

With the game not quite 2 minutes old Hackney opened the scoring, with a pattern of play that would become all too familiar for Hampstead and their brilliant vocal support. Gladies captain and scrum half Charley Miller forced a turn over and edged into open play before timing her pass perfectly to half back partner Sophie Campbell. Campbell, having cut one great line to break the defensive line, then cut another and was round the Hampstead fullback. Hampstead came back at Hackney, and 12 minutes in an unfortunate knock meant Hackney's own Samoan Anna Sereni was forced to leave the field and forced a re-shuffle to the sides backline. This didn't deter the team, and from a scrum Hackney doubled their lead as Miller cut sideways, delayed her pass and hit Campbell on a lovely inside line. Campbell had too much space and touched down under the posts.

From the re-start the Gladies went to sleep and Hampstead struck straight back. The away sides scrum half popped up in mid-field, spotted a prop in Hackney's defensive line and turned on the gas before showing that Campbell wasn't the only player who could step a fullback. But Hackney ended the half on top. Another perfect pass from 9 to 10 and another line break. This time however Hampstead got to Campbell, but Hackney's outstanding flyhalf off-loaded to Helen Doig, now playing 12. Quick hands from Doig to winger Josie Dietrich took Hackney to Hampstead's line, and Doig then finished the move, picking up and finishing sharply.

The 2nd half carried on just like the first. At the whistle Hackney were caught napping and Hampstead scored their second try. But from then on it was all one way traffic. First Jenni Close, playing at 13, set up a second try for Doig. Then Campbell scored two more, each time her effortless running freed by a perfect pass from Miller.

Perhaps surprisingly the WOTM was a forward. Prop Jess Cobb was fantastic, creating the platform from which Hackney's backs thrived. She tackled hard, turned ball over, was solid in the scrum and lifted brilliantly at the line out. She even found time to make several strong carries. On any other day Campbell (with 4 tries!) would have been a certainty for the award. But Cobb produced a special performance on the kind of hot day front row forwards usually hate. Lydia Meeson, playing her second game in the back row, was outstanding at 8, and the running of full back Gen Barr and tackling of prop Astrid Bjorvig were also eye catching to say the least. It was a great game to watch, and Hampstead more than played their part. Both sides were launched at the same stage two seasons ago, and it's great to see a local rival building a team properly and creating such a great team spirit while they do it. Hopefully these two teams will be playing each other in games likes this for a long time to come.