Source: Loughborough University

Lightning hungry for first win on the road

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Loughborough Lightning Rugby will be looking to achieve their first away win of the season when they face Darlington Mowden Park Sharks this Saturday in a 4pm kick off.

After last week’s defeat to Wasps, Lightning will be looking to get back to playing their own game and assert their dominance over Sharks from the start. Their usual quick and exciting play was somewhat missing from last week’s game and they will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing result.

So far this season Sharks have not won a game, their only draw came last week against Firwood Waterloo Ladies (0-0). Lightning had a game of two halves against Firwood Waterloo Ladies, managing to win convincingly (30-19) after a much improved second half performance. Loughborough sit 7 points clear, one position above the Sharks.

Absent last week due to international duties, Cath O’Donnell returns to the Lightning side after a greatly successful test series against South Africa. She joins fellow Red roses team mate Sarah Hunter, both of whom have recently been selected for the Red Roses Elite training squad. Vice-Captain Katie Trevarthan also returns to the side from injury.

Of the task at hand Head Coach Rhys Edwards said:

“It was a tough game against Wasps last week, so it is important that this week we re-focus and concentrate on the important things we have worked on in training. Going into DMP Sharks it’s a big week in terms of playing heads up rugby, looking after the ball and getting back to that attacking flair that we showed at the start of the year.

“We have had a really good training week and the girls are feeling confident going into the weekend which is important as we need start to getting the away wins. We know that DMP Sharks is going to be tough game, but it’s a great opportunity for some of the new players to go out, play and hopefully show their attacking flair as well.”

The game takes place on the Northern Echo Arena at 4pm on Saturday 28th October.

Lightning line-up:

  1. Katie Trevarthen
  2. Leah Bartlett
  3. Ofure Ugiagbe
  4. Catherine O’Donnell
  5. Sarah Bonar
  6. Rachel Malcolm
  7. Becky Noon
  8. Sarah Hunter
  9. Amy Relf
  10. Natasha Jones
  11. Lizzie Adam
  12. Emma Hardy
  13. Hannah Phillip
  14. Lucy Nye
  15. Florence Williams


  1. Saskia Penrose
  2. Mags Lowish
  3. Jade Shakespeare
  4. Georgia Bradley
  5. Amelia Harper
  6. Maria Crowfoot
  7. Ellie Turner

Report courtesy of Loughborough Lightning