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TRANSACT 24 Taipo Dragon 2
Herbert Smith Freehills HKU Sandy Bay Storm
Sat 6 Oct 15:00 - HKRU Leagues - Womens National League One Full time

Sandy Bay Storm efforts not enough to hold off Tai Po Dragons in closely-fought battle


In the second round of the Women’s NL1, HKU Sandy Bay Storm demonstrated a strong defense to push Tai Po Dragons to their limits, ultimately ending the match 10-0.

With several Premiership players joining the Tai Po squad, Storm did exceptionally well to keep the opposition at bay for the majority of the game. Storm held their ground well and played some impressive defense, thanks to quick back row. Outstanding tackles by newcomers Jemima Joy Gbadago, Rachel Briggs and Ishka Hildebrandt kept Storm in the game and it looked like a win was clearly within grasp.

Working on skills following the previous week's game against Valley Reds, the forward pack demonstrated vast improvement in the scrum and line outs. Defensive efforts from the scrum and quick reaction by Harriet Jamieson at no.10, frustrated Tai Po into handling errors.

Storm made impressive ground towards the end of the first half and into the second, with chances by Lauren Petersen, Laura Horsfall, and Emma Chung, but could not convert these individual efforts into the points needed for the win.

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The game ended with a frustratingly close result, following late breakaways for Tai Po Dragons, which sealed their victory in the final 10 minutes. Despite the score at the final whistle, this game could have gone either way and Storm will have plenty to take away from this match so early in the season.

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Hildebrandt, Ishka Hildebrandt, Ishka
Ockenfeld, Corinna Ockenfeld, Corinna
Briggs, Rachel Briggs, Rachel
Harries, Joanna Harries, Joanna
Gbadago, Jemima Joy Gbadago, Jemima Joy
Jamieson, Harriet Jamieson, Harriet
Chung, Emma Chung, Emma
Horsfall, Laura Horsfall, Laura
Roberson, Keri Roberson, Keri
Petersen, Lauren Petersen, Lauren
Frase, Erika Frase, Erika
Mak, Allison Mak, Allison
Winnie, Sun Winnie, Sun
RowBottom, Katie RowBottom, Katie

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# Team Pl Pts
3. Bloomberg HK Scottish Kukris 8 33
4. Gai Wu Fawkes 9 29
5. Societe Generale Valley Red Ladies 9 19
6. Police Sirens 8 13
7. TRANSACT 24 Taipo Dragon 2 9 13
8. Natixis HKFC Fire 8 12
9. Herbert Smith Freehills HKU Sandy Bay Storm 11 1

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