Brilliant, competitive match against a super strong oppo who were generous enough to lend us extra players so we could play full XVs. Thanks High Wycombe!

After an exciting first 5 minutes, Hackney snuck through the game line with Juana scoring the first try of the match. We quickly realised though that we were up against a strong team with excellent rucking, and found that throughout the first half we were repeatedly losing the ball in the ruck - giving our oppo lots of opportunities to score. I also tried to kick from our 22 a few times and the less said about that the better (oops). Our defence was super strong and shout out in particular to Diane, Cass, Beth C and Vanya for some exceptionally strong tackles.

In the second half we were under clear instruction to protect our rucks (forwards) and get it out wide (backs). Our rucks improved significantly, and we worked hard as an entire team to earn an awesome try delivered by Vanya straight through the posts, with a conversion by India (me). With 20 minutes to go we were puffed out but put in another solid shift, and after a controversially overturned try of Christina's (someone was relaxing on the try line and deemed to be obstructing) I received the ball on the wing and scored a try which ended the match.

Huge shout out to our newer-to-rugby players Sofia and Emma J for their awesome progress in their second match for Hackney, and 100% effort on the pitch. Well done to Forward of the Match Liv for exceptional scrumming (first time as prop?!) and general great attacking and ball carrying in her first match for Hackney. Well done to Back of the Match Christina for really good decisions, putting in big tackles and super clean hands.

Also a big shout out and thank you to Bell from High Wycombe who joined us for the full 70 mins as a superstar 2nd row - really stepping up to take the lead and being a super strong reliable player, and to Franz who joined as our winger for the last 20 mins and had some lovely runs which contributed to our tries. Also to Morgan for great coaching - very clear and consistent feedback which really helped the whole team improve as one.