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Your News Richmond Impalas 30 - Woodrbidge Amazons 27
12
DEC

Richmond caught their visitors napping with an immediate score from the off as their winger Van Duuren touched down from the starting phase. The Amazons responded quickly as their backs gained Richmond's 22 and forwards held on to possession for Kinlan to drive over and equalise. The pace was maintained as minutes later Impalas no 10, Clements, put their 9 Cuthbertson over only for Rickard to assist Stern, the Amazons centre, to equalise a minute later. The visitors enthusiasm to defend and prevent a reply was their undoing as too many were sucked into the ruck leaving space for Davies, the Impala full back, to run around the winger and score. Despite occasional pressure from the Amazons forwards, who maintained the stronger performance in the scrum, intelligent harrying by the home teams back row held the lead and their backs drove the Amazons to defend until they chose to run a penalty from their own 22 which was punished by another angled run from Davies to put the Impalas up two tries at half time.

Early penalties for Richmond were not exploited and they allowed too much space for the Amazons back line to run in two tries in the first ten minutes of the second half. Outstanding work by Amazon Stoppard-Baker saw her put in a try-saving tackle and also set up Stern and full back Johnson to even the score. Stoppard-Baker then put the Amazons ahead with a conversion. A clearly frustrated Richmond re-grouped at this stage and cleverly took possession by being quicker to the breakdown and playing the blind side to put their full back over twice and set the Amazons a tough last quarter. A series of skirmishes on each other's 22s saw some near misses and some brave defending before Stern broke through to score with insufficient time to fill the frustrating three point difference in Richmond's favour after a well-balanced and exciting match.

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