Sunday morning at the Furies’ home pitch in Manassas, VA was a blustery, bright and sunny fall day. The DC Furies kicked off to the Atlanta Harlequins for their last home game of the season. It was an essential win for both clubs- who entered the match with matching 2-2 records- looking for a higher seed going into the Premier League National Championship. The Washington Women’s rugby team, having triumphed in a hard-fought battle last month against the Harlequins in Atlanta, was looking to defend the win. The Furies started with strong momentum, moving steadily into Atlanta territory. The tides turned just before the fifteen minute mark when Atlanta managed to break their opponent’s momentum and dotted down a try, followed by a clean conversion. The remainder of the half was well fought by both teams mostly in neutral territory. Atlanta led by seven at the half.
The Harlequins started the second half with aggressive momentum. In the first minutes of the second half, Atlanta picked off Washington’s pass and gained significant ground into the Furies’ defending field. DC managed to stop the initial break, but the ‘Quins strung it together on the second phase, earning another try to bring the score to 12-0. Soon thereafter, Atlanta penetrated the DC defense for another try in the corner, 17-0. DC found themselves on defense between penalties and injuries to both sides for the majority of the second half. With twenty minutes remaining, Atlanta made yet another break on the sideline and DC was slow to align their defensive wall. Atlanta scored but the conversion bounced off the post. With fifteen minutes remaining, DC found the ignition with a big hit from Sam Pankey on the kickoff. The Furies started to take control of the game and marched into Atlanta territory. Jo Bader set a strong ruck deep in Atlanta territory and after a few successful phases, Maggie Olney touched down a center try, making for a comfortable conversion. With 22-7 on the scoreboard and Atlanta leading, the Furies channeled inner strength to fight to the finish. Final score Atlanta 22-7 Furies.
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