In weekend women’s rugby international matches, the Dutch women’s team hammered Germany 83-0 in Maastricht while Singapore A lost a tight game which was interrupted by poor weather to Malaysia on a 10-5 scoreline. The Netherlands’ big win came ahead of the European Championships being held in France in May.
Both Germany and the Netherlands will compete at FIRA-AER’s European Trophy competition where eight teams will battle it out for the title.
The Dutch women came into last weekend’s game following two good wins over Sweden, who will be at the Euros and the World Cup, and their confidence was justified after they scored a comprehensive victory, scoring 13 tries to nil.
The top try scorers of the match were Wikke Tuinhout(2), Pien Selbeck (2), Lusan Beijens (2) and Kelly van harskamp (2)
Head coach Gareth Gilbert said:
“We were very happy with the way the team made decisions and played the ball and supported each other but as the game got more open we started to lose structure and it became a bit scrappy. Our set pieces were a lot better but still need some work to make sure we get quality ball on more occasions.”
“The team has really worked hard and it shows as we were fitter, stronger and more mentally tougher than our opponents.We believe we have had the best preparation possible on our budget for the Euros and we really believe that we have what it takes to do the job. We are confident and the spirit is very high.”
At the Euros Germany are pooled against Russia, Italy and Sweden while the Dutch team will play Spain, Belgium and France A.
Meanwhile in Singapore, newcomers to the international scene Malaysia won out 10-5. The sides were level at half time but Malaysia scored before the game was stopped half way through the half due to poor weather.