Running onto the field in the pouring rain, the Gunnedah Red Devil women took on the Scone Brumbies at Quirindi Rugby Park last Saturday.

The game was a tough physical battle that showcased the strength and ability of both teams, with the first quarter seeing no points scored.

It wasn’t until the second quarter that an impressive run from Holly Ford put the Brumbies on the back foot. Maddisan Rogers then used her skills to step the defence and dive over the line in spectacular fashion, with water flying everywhere like a slip ‘n’ slide.

The rain and physical contest continued as Piper Rankmore busted through the line, breaking the defence before running 50 metres to score.

The third and final try for the Red Devils was scored by halfback Sarah Stewart. Another impressive run by Ford, with a tip-on to Dima Ranamalo and a high tackle, gave the Red Devils a penalty 10 metres from their try line. Stewart, with a quick tap and dash through the gap in the Brumbies’ defense, dove over the line.

The Red Devils contest the lineout against Quirindi. Photos: Debbie Saddler.

Peta Lawrence was successful in two conversions for the game. Throughout the game she also showcased her impressive defensive ability, making some try-saving tackles for the Red Devils against the fast-paced Scone wingers.

The Brumbies continued to fight and the game’s intensity continued to rise. They finally scored, but it was too late, and the Red Devils secured a convincing 19-5 victory.

Gunnedah Red Devil women are currently in second place on the ladder, trailing behind Narrabri by three points. Gunnedah will play Pirates in Tamworth on the June 15.

This weekend there is a bye from club rugby, as the best players in Central North will combine to play in the NSW Country Championships on Saturday and Sunday.

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