Friday, 28 November 2014

Stewartry Sirens v Ayr Ladies preview

Ayr Ladies hit the road to Castle Douglas on Sunday to take on Stewartry Sirens at Greenlaw in the BT Women's National League Division 1.

The two sides have already played each other this season, with Ayr winning 22-12 at Millbrae in September.  But it will be a tough prospect away from home and Stewartry will be in buoyant mood, having recently beaten league leaders Cartha.

"We know what we need to do if we want to come back victorious," says Ayr Ladies assistant coach Sylvain Diez.  "Our collective defense will be key.  Line speed and one-on-one tackling has been very good so far.  We need to keep this up and make sure we don't give the Sirens any space as they have some really good runners such as their full back Hannah Sloan, who's been playing for Scotland recently."

He continues: "In attack we want to carry hard and go over the gain line early in the game.  Support will have to be quick; winning the race to the break down will be crucial to retain possession and score tries."

The ladies in pink and black will be bolstered by the return of captain Gemma Swankie, winger Lisa Main, forward Megan Thomson and back row Eilidh Thomson, who has recovered from a broken nose.

"We've got a strong squad and we, the coaches, had to make some tough decisions regarding the team selection, which is the kind of dilemma we would like to face more often," says Diez. 

Kick-off is 2pm!

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