Caithness won the toss and kicked off to Orkney showed their intent right from the kick off with several strong runs which ended up with an infringement in the Caithness 22metre area. Caithness did well run to run out off danger but we're turned over after two consecutive crunching tackles by the Orkney centres Hannah Stead and Kelsey Harvey. The resulting scrum led to Orkneys first try after the backs moved the ball out to the wing through four pairs of hands to Jenna Young who outpaced the winger to the corner, Keira Johnston converted, (7-0). The resulting kick off went straight to Amy Kent who showed great strength to shrug off three tackles to score under the posts and then converted, (14-0). Caithness then woke up and dominated play for the next ten minutes and scored two tries of their own through their captain and winger who showed great strength and pace, also adding the conversions, (14-14).
With ten minutes to go the Orkney girls rallied and with fresh substitutions made they took the game back to Caithness with Hannah Stead scoring after a period of sustained pressure led by Jenny McElroy and Claire Rendall who proved to be major strike runners against Caithness all day, the kick was converted (26-31). The last few minutes proved to be very tense with the crowd getting very excited, strong runs by the Orkney forwards and recycling near the Caithness line finally gave the opportunity for Shannon Drever to drive over for the try, Keira Johnston held her nerve to convert and win the game. Final score Orkney 33 Caithness 31.
Orkney coach Bruce Ruthven commented;
"Both teams really worked hard today and gave performances which exceeded all expectations, obviously their is still a lot of work to be done but the hand catch and pass, evasion and commitment from both teams were top drawer. Other aspects of the play will improve with more game time and experience, the girls will have learnt massively from today's game. Well done to both teams, it's a real feather in the cap for North rugby but all credit must go to the girls?"
More photos from the match can be found here.