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Gazelles win 5-62

The gazelles travelled to recently promoted Ellingham and Ringwood last Sunday for their first league encounter of the season. The gazelles had not won an opening league fixture for 3 years but after a strong pre season were hoping to put that stat to bed.
The gazelles kicked off and E&R made minor in roads into the gazelles half however after turning for the ball over the gazelles moved the ball wide and broke down into E&R’s 22 before being bundled into touch.
An over throw at the line out saw Sarah Sanderson snaffle the ball and charge towards the try line, even though held up short the gazelles moved the ball wide and Victoria Boothman crashed over from short range. The conversion by Kate Jenkins was successful.
Guildford started to impose themselves, moving the ball from touch line to touch line created space for the gazelles to exploit. After another line break the forwards picked and went for the try line and although they were repelled Debbie Hayden snuck in off her wing to dive over from close range. 0-12
Easing off slightly E&R gained some better field position and after some decent phase play they were rewarded with a penalty 10m from the Guildford line, noticing that the gazelles has not reacted quickly the E&R scrum half took a quick tap and dived over the line. 5-12
Fortunately this did not phase the gazelles reverting to the trusty boot of Jenkins the gazelles played a territorial game waiting for mistakes or turnovers to strike, and strike they did firstly through full back Hattie Roberts and then debutant centre Georgia Thomas the latter converted by Jenkins to make it 5-24 at the half.
The message at half time was more of the same but let up, a message immediately followed up by Boothman’s second score from an 8 pick in touched as she dotted down under the sticks.
Although E&R tried hard to get back in the game the gazelles ability to kick territory and go through significant phases will cause any side problems, you add to that a very strong an exciting bench inevitably pressure will take its toll. Further scores from Emma Swadlo Ruth Harper (2) Anna Clarke and Louise Brown but the icing on the cake for the gazelles leaving them 5-62 victors.
Awards at the end of the day went to Jenkins Sanderson and Boothman although numerous people could have been in the running.
The Gazelles now look forward to hosting Plymouth this Sunday at Broadwater.

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