The women were blessed yet again with sunshine and warm weather on Sunday. East London proved to be a very desirable commute for most of our squad and so it was a rather stress free morning. Having moved up to NC1 this season the Gladies 1st XV were of course slightly nervous for the match not having faced East London in a number of years we did not know what to expect from them. They were quick to show us that this would not be and easy game, they kicked off, retained the ball and scored a game opening try (blame me). The stress free morning was over. This initial blunder brought out the best of the Hackney side who answered with not one, but two quick tries of our own thanks to every other wingers hero/mentor/idol Niketa and our favourite french no. 8, Coco.

Hackney continued to dominate the first half maintaining possession and playing our signature quick rugby. We were penalized numerous times for a number of offenses because we lack understanding of the rugby laws. East London tried kicking up the pitch on penalties but with Rachel playing fullback and the two fastest women I have ever met on the wings they were not getting the result they hoped for. Hackney really lit up the first half which saw Coco scoring twice thanks to her tactic of joining the backs in open play and the penalty try awarded for Coco for a receiving a high tackle as she offloaded to Billie. The half finished with Niketa squeezing in yet another try in the corner just on the line and getting herself one step closer to retaining her title as top try scorer.

Going into the second half with all the momentum in the world we continued scoring tried and did well maintaining possession. Billie got the wind knocked out of her when she was on the receiving end of a massive tackle which can only be described as karma. In the final moments we saw tries from Gladies newcomer Jessie Hood and a beautiful blind side run from the half by our youngest up and coming superstar Amber.